In Mariko Matsushita's (Japan) works, sexuality and pain are recurrent themes. The creation process of her paintings involves an intimate relationship with the works that can lead to strong and intense impulses on the canvas. Mariko believes that sex, love, violence and blood flow are assimilated similarly by our subconscious mind and she intends to elicit these elements through her paintings.
Selected solo exhibitions in Japan include 20th Choice Award Exhibition at the Yamawaki Gallery (2013); Violate the Smile at the HB Gallery (2014) and When Resected at a Young Age It Will Become Big and Beautiful at the Gallery Fukuribu (2014). She is the recipient of the 2nd CAFAA Award organised by the Contemporary Art Foundation in Japan (2016).