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"The Girl with Tentacles" (2017-2018)

Ukiyo-e – or Images of the floating world – is a type of Japanese art that has flourished in the 17th - 19th centuries and that, using painting and woodcuts, focused on the lives of regular people. Shunga – or Spring images – is a type of Ukiyo-e created mostly by colored woodcuts and is, in fact, erotic or pornographic art.

 

Shunga was very popular with all social classes, except the dominant one of shoguns and, according to the sources, with men and women alike. Samurais, merchants and also housewives would have their own Shunga copies. Most of the Ukiyo-e artists have also created Shunga works, since they were in much greater demand than all the other themes. In fact, they could live off one sold work for as long as six months. One of the most famous Shunga work is signed by Hokusai and titled “The fisherman's wife's dream”, from 1814. It is an engraving that has inspired many modern and contemporary artists, but, as far as we know, no women artists…

 

At Sandwich, Delia POPA continues her series of engravings, drawings and paintings Existential mice (2011 – present) in which anthropomorphic characters take on various human roles and communicate with each other, touching on various subjects like feminism or marginality. This time, however, the characters discard verbal communication and take on a physical approach – a fantasy they fully relish and over which, without a doubt, they have complete control. For the moment, The existential mouse doesn't look for intellectual answers anymore, but unapologetically lives them. (Text from "The Girl with Tentacles" exhibition at Sandwich Gallery, Bucharest, 2017.)

 

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"Takyrian Empire" (5000-7000 B.C.)

"Takyrian Empire" depicts a mythical society of rat/mouse people living in a matriarchal society a few thousands of years ago. Some of the art they left to us are erotic prayer flags, parade flags and other textiles showcasing their craftsmanship, their Gods-worship and human-animal symbiosis. Female pleasure and desire seems to have been placed at the center of this civilization as a way to prevent wars and violence.

 

Anthropologists are asking themselves; Was this an Utopian, perfect society or was it just as flawed as our current civilization? The more they uncover artifacts the more they will be able to answer this and more pressing questions... 

 

More images of "Relic" 5500 B.C. in "Garage Sale" Exhibition under "Exhibitions and Installations"