Art Nouveau and the artist Alphonse Mucha was one of the eariest artistic influences in Senju´s life. The elegant design and beautiful use of colour and line found in the works of Mucha held a promise of something beyond the 1970-80´s everyday life Senju had so far experienced. Art Nouveau soothed and brought hope to a the mind of a teenager that had begun to feel increasingly as a stranger within the culture into which he had been born.
In early spring of 2019 I was approached by the wonderful and creative duo Formento + Formento based in the US. Their beautiful work in photography had been flirting with Japanese themes for some time, and as they found inspiration in Senjus erotic works they asked him if he was interested in creating a painting inspires by their photographs. “Judit” is the first piece born out of this creative symbiosis and more works are shure to follow in the near future.
“Judit” is more than an homage to Art Nouveau and Alphonse Mucha. It is also an image portraying the strength of all the women who have suffered under gender inequality, violence and systematic oppression for thousands of years. She is an icon of resistance. The decapitated head dressed in cloth in the upper left corner belongs to patriarchy and rape culture, a heavy stone weighing down us all and from which we have to break free from in order to survive.
Printed in various sizes on 350 gsm Hahnemühle Museum Etching Paper. Each size is a limited edition of 20 signed and numbered copies. Each print is stamped with the artist´s Hanko (traditional red seal) in order to ensure it is an original Senju print. The prints come with a certificate of authenticity.