Though their styles differ, Hikari Shimoda (featured in HF Vol. 29) and Camilla D’Errico each use a fluorescent color palette and childlike, illustrative imagery to apprehend adult anxieties. The two artists teamed up for their two-person show “Niji Bambini” (which combines Japanese and Italian, the artists’ native tongues, to translate to “Rainbow Children”), opening at Brooklyn’s Cotton Candy Machine on October 10.
The show marks a turning point for D’Errico, who created a new series of paintings on panel the artist says were intended to capture a sense of movement. She treated the panels like 3D objects, continuing the work around the raised edges. Shimoda presents new paintings and work on paper. Using her work as a catharsis, she says: “I need manga-like characters and cute colors or subjects as a ‘common language’ to represent serious aspects of this world.”
“Niji Bambini” opens October 10 and will be on view through November 9 at Brooklyn’s Cotton Candy Machine.