The Shunga book “KAGAMI” will be published by OKAASAN BOOKS, Umeå, Sweden during the first half of February 2018.
Finally production work on my “KAGAMI” shunga book has begun, and I am overjoyed to see it come together. True to my heritage and my creative roots I am doing most of the design work myself. I have previously designed 9 books and it is something that I truly enjoy doing. To be able to create all these paintings and then to also have full creative control of what comes next is very, very rewarding. I have worked like that since I was a teenager playing in punk bands. There were usually something that needed to be done and nobody around that could do, so I took upon myself to solve it.
Over the years I have taught myself so many things. To write, photograph, tattoo, paint, graphic design, book design, make websites, communication, to print my own work. Everything that needed to be done was solved one way or the other and my knowledge accumulated. I like self sufficiency I guess.
At the end of december I reach the deadline for the material and the design work for this shunga book. After that comes a christmas of anxiously awaiting the arrival of the physical book itself. That is a moment of anticipation and creative glory. I have worked with the same printers since my first book project and our relationship is one of trust and creativity. So far they have never turned down any idea I had, telling me it is wrong or not possibly. That is a relationship built over a long period of time but also based on the printing company’s own creative drive to make books beyond the ordinary.
My intention and idea with contemporary shunga was simply to reclaim sex. To make it real again. What if I should create my own pornography? Something completely different and with my soul and heart in it? So in the last month of 2012 I started to sketch on the first pieces and I haven’t stopped since. After I started to share my works with the public and I realized through their feedback that I could actually make arousing images that were artistic and at the same time authentically human I started to explore what taboos could be broken or needed to be, which things needed to be discussed and also, importantly, what could be sexually arousing to view.
Because really good erotic art should be able to freely move, to show or hide, to hint or undress. Real sex is a hell of a lot more that a big cock entering a vagina. Genitalia is only part of it. Sometimes. There is also touch, trust, tenderness, respect, intimacy and passion. You don’t necessarily have to be in romantic love to have real sex. But the heart has to be in it. I honestly believe that it should never be about power, revenge, humiliation, and all those things human beings mistakenly substitutes for the real thing in order to feel better about themselves.
I want to make horny, beautiful and sensual works of art. Simple as that. Images that makes people feel good about themselves, others and about life. I hope that this collection of paintings, photos and words that will assume the shape of a book will be able to convey some of that. The poetry of having emotions and sensations, both physical and spiritually phycological. Also I hope it can provide some satisfyingly lustful moments for the viewer and reader.
144 pages, 21 x 29,7 cm, thread bound, very high quality soft cover printed on 150 g lynx rough paper for the best result.
Featuring 59 paintings spanning Senju’s work between 2013-2017.
Each painting is accompanied by an explanatory full page text.
Limited edition of 1000 numbered copies.
The first 200 copies are signed by the artist and contains 3 specially selected A4 size prints representing his range of work
Designed by the artist and OKAASAN BOOKS
Printed by Göteborgstryckeriet, Sweden.
Release date: First week in Febraury 2018.
Pre-order the “KAGAMI” book here
Suggested reading: “Shunga and how I found my artistic voice (finally).“