Mizuki Shigeta
The Flowering of Awakening


August 21 (Sat), - September 18 (Sat), 2021

After the rain

This series has depicted a puddle after the rain. The uncolored flower parts suggest the figure of the world that we take for granted. However, by coloring the flowers reflected in a puddle beautifully, Shigeta tries to express that we have more possibilities than we expect.  Even if you think it is a single rose, there are other flowers, birds, and butterflies. It is full of vitality beyond the boundaries of various lives. 
Colored with colored pencils, it amplifies the energy more than the figures drawn only with lines. The water droplets dripping from flowers are reminiscent of tears, but you could feel hope in the light and colorfulness that shines through them.
This is a kind of “awareness” series that we realized our possibilities that we had never thought of before and feel hope. 


By describing the house, and the puddle that reflects various different motifs, Shigeta figuratively expresses that the house has a possibility that the house might be able to be anything like a cat or flowers. Also, the shadows of those motifs on the puddle are different shapes from the real. It suggests that there is a new possibility in the future even though it’s not clearly visible now. 
This is introspective work that consciously looks at ourselves, notices that we have rigid thought or an obsessive-compulsive concept like “we have to be…” from the words surrounding people, and try to know ourselves better.

Before becoming a word

In this painting, Shigeta describes the sensory thoughts “before becoming a word,” which are like the thoughts are in the mind but it's hard to explain the thoughts.   
Sometimes, we have the assumptions that we have to make our hought into words. However, She tries to show that there are different ways to express thoughts without words.  
From the metronome and cassette tape, nostalgic feelings and flowers are growing vividly. We can feel not only the enjoyment of music but also the vitally from this series. The flower-like shadows are cast on the part of the motif that she depicts only with lines. 
In the series of “After the rain” and “Therapy,” Shigeta projects the possibilities we have on the puddle, but she drew the shadows of motifs with colors.  It shows that we are colored by the influence of others, and same time, it shows the acceptance of differences between oneself and others in the shadow that never integrate.

Windy day

従来の「ぬり絵」は、描かれた線の中を塗っていくが、この作品では、 その線から大きく外れて色を塗るどころか違うモチーフを描き、 今まで自身を縛り付けていた枠から解放された喜びを表現してい る。その喜びを祝福するかのような色とりどりの花々の中で、描かれる線だけの少女や動植物もどこか生命力に溢れ生きいきして いるようにも感じられ、本来色を塗って命が吹き込まれるはずの モチーフたちが、色を塗らずして生命力に溢れている図から、思い込みから解放され、自然な自分を生きることがこの上なく幸せであるという作家のメッセージを読み取ることができる。

『After the rain』、『Therapy』、『Before becoming a word』を経て最後に『Windy day』という展示の流れは、 『寝覚めの開花』と題したように、徐々に自分自身を開花させていき生きていく力を得ていくような構成となっています。