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Masami Teraoka (American; Japanese, b. 1936)
Woodblock print
Image : 10 3/8 x 15 3/4 in. (26.35 x 40.01 cm)
Sheet : 11 x 16 1/2 in. (27.94 x 41.91 cm)
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Hope College Collection
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Much of Masami Teraoka’s art from the 1970s to the 1990s combines the visual iconography of 19th century Japanese prints with references to contemporary American pop culture in ways that are simultaneously amusing and critical. This image offers commentary on the nature of modern consumer culture by depicting a woman who is worked into a frenzied state of excitement by the prospect of eating an ice cream cone. The woman’s loose hair and robe echo 18th century Japanese images of courtesans to draw a parallel between this type of unrestrained consumption and illicit sexual indulgences. Although the title and imagery of the print make reference to Japan, Teraoka’s criticism of American consumer culture applies more broadly to its effects both at home and abroad.

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