Artist Feature: Megumi Toyosawa

Editor Shenyah Webb, Art, August 2nd, 2017

"It can take a lifetime to shed the wounds of our teenage selves."

Megumi Toyosawa Art Nailed Magazine
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The paintings of emerging artist Megumi Toyosawa aim to depict issues of self-esteem and her social struggles as a teen. It can take a lifetime to shed the wounds of our teenage selves, which often result in problems with self-worth. Utilizing oil paint as her medium, Toyosawa executes these personal challenges beautifully. I asked Megumi to expand on her work in relation to her teenage struggles.

With self-esteem and self-love as a theme, I paint conflicts of my mind, such as pain through life and my fear of death. The girls in the paintings depict themselves as figures embodying the multifaceted emotions that I possessed during my teenage years.”

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Megumi Toyosawa Art Nailed MagazineMegumi Toyosawa is a Japanese painter, born and based in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated from Art School in Tokyo in 2010. Since, she received several awards through competitive exhibitions. She has held both solo and group exhibitions throughout Tokyo.

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Shenyah Webb

Shenyah Webb is a Portland-based visual artist and musician. She has been with NAILED Magazine since its inception in 2012 and has served as the Arts Editor and a Contributing Editor since its launch in 2013. A Detroit native, she attended The College for Creative Studies, where she focused on Fine Art and Industrial Design. She is currently enrolled in a Somatic Expressive Arts Education and Therapy training program, studying under Lanie Bergin. You can learn more about Shenyah here. (Shenyah.com)