The following is the letter written by Shida which accompanied the artworks sent to our members as part of her commission for the Art Club.
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'My work explores the relationship between ritual, sexuality and love. Psychedelic entities are entwined in a ceremonial act transcending the bounds of known reality. In a world where societies issues are becoming increasingly gendered and people are seemingly more divided than ever due to the rise of identity politics. I seek to turn this tide like an ancient shaman with each works being in essence an invocation, an energetic manifestation a prayer to joy.
For the Artbox series I created an edition of original drawings. Using a modified chisel style brush loaded with Black and Phathalo Blue ink, I formed figures using organic gestural brush strokes. While in essence a repetitive and almost trance like process, each work remains original. I completed each piece with a halo of pastel fluorescent yellow. The female/ beastial motif has become a staple of my work both in the studio and on the street. Each drawing is signed on the rear as I customarily do with my work.'
Mik Shida for the Artbox Art Club, September 2016.