All Pictures from Mican Doll Website
Are you still wondering if Tokyo is the factory of the most inventive, craziest, weirdest, surprising artists from our times? You should have no doubt about it. France has a quite long past with ball jointed dolls (the technique has been patented in France by Brouillet-Cacheleux in 1856, Hans Bellmer immigrated to France after Hitler came to power in Germany) but while we were kind of forgetting this art, Japan renewed it pushing out its limits. A lot of the ball jointed dolls I saw in Tokyo were quite annoying and even kind of pervert. A lot of dolls represent children bodies and they are often showed naked. And it’s a fact, ball jointed doll art is related to erotic art ; Bellmer’s doll La Poupée was created to stimulate desire, Kaoru Mori’s dolls have been exhibited in Paris Erotic Museum in 2008...
Mican now records 12 exhibitions in reputed spaces like the Tokyu Bunkamura Gallery or Geisai Museum where her work in 2008 has been ranked on the 12th place upon 606 artists. Eyes should be definitely turned on that fabulous artist.
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