By Huang Lijie
Her surreal self-portraits have tickled, startled and stupefied many, but Japanese artist Izumi Miyazaki, 24, never intended for them to shock. Rather, they are a response to societal norms and the distance it drives between people.
The isolating horror of death, for instance, is dealt a darkly humorous blow by Izumi in self-portraits where she loses her head. In one, her head, with a fish balanced on top, are split down the middle cleanly. In another, her severed head lies on its side, and where her neck ends, plump, red, skinned tomatoes extend into a neat pool of ketchup.