This is a must buy for any fan of Junko mizuno's art work. This small collection details work she has done, like designs for FINE, the milk club in Ebisu and even BBC's Japanorama season from 2002. Nearly every page of this book has personal comments from Mizuno herself, giving details of the name of the drawing, date done and of course what it was produced for.
Her illustrations in the book are all in glorious full colour and they have the edge of being cute, then when you look closer at some of them you realise that a lot of the girls don't wear tops and like to bottle feed pink ponies that gush milk everywhere. The book is well put together and would fit well into any art fan's collection due to the many levels on which the illustrations can be interpretated is it sweet or grotesque? The choice is left up to you.
Reworks those gooey themes of blessed innocence and vapor trails to the fluffy clouds of cutesy and kitsch - lands where those melting doleful images were plastered onto babies cots of big eyed aghast children.
Junko reworks them to give a distinct unsettling view of emerging sexuality. I would guess the images centre around 14-18 year old girls. Each picture details an emerging sense of identity, along with a shedding of childhood beliefs. The images and stories continuously play with childhood and adult themes, skirting around identity and rebellion, which may startle the average parent.
The colours used are vibrant and vivid, but also bathed in a muted childhood palette suddenly smacked with vivid glares of red and green - as the attention to a hidden detail becomes extremely precise. Small, but perfectly formed, this is a fine example of an artist exploring a genre, but using a hidden emotional sensibility as a beacon to guide her in those emerging labyrinths.