Edition Size: 50
12 x 12 Inches
Archival Pigment Print on 310gsm Fine Art Paper
"Solitary Child is a series of works, focused on my original theme of the inevitability of the Apocalypse. In this series, I am offering a new savior for human kind- she is a magical girl (Solitary Child #1) and a little boy hero (Solitary Child #3). In the world of my paintings, humanity has perished, as seen in the collage background, where there is an expressed chaos throughout.
In these images, my saviors have come upon the dying human race. After the death of man, the world has found some relief from the turmoil that he has brought upon it. Meanwhile, mankind selfishly dreams of newfound happiness in his afterlife. In the mythology of my work, as humanity is destroyed, only one figure remains and that is the Messiah represented as a child.
The magical girl was the first to be left alone after humanity was destroyed, left to deal with the despair and damage he left behind. Her eyes are shining and sparkling, but her stare is blank. In contrast, my hero's eyes are closed ever so gently. To him, everything in the world is very chaotic and overwhelming. He feels all of its happiness, despair, hope, sadness, everything… in such a state, even the world's savior must shut his eyes to it." - Hikari Shimoda