Drawing on clothing design as inspiration, Japanese-born artist Lun*na Menoh’s playful creations subtly reveal sobering themes of alienation, loss, and decay.
Whether working with re-imagined dress forms or painting the soiled collars of headless icons, the Los Angeles-based artist’s genre-bending approach merges popular culture with fine art — challenging the variable boundary between the two through an innovative blend of sculpture, fashion, music, and visual art.
Menoh’s comprehensive body of work includes a standing gig with Japanese art-rock band Seksu Roba, a piece in the Victoria & Albert Museum‘s permanent collection, exhibits at Laguna Art Museum and the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and a 2006 retrospective at Track 16 Gallery in Los Angeles.
Her ongoing A Ring Around the Collar project continues to reflect the artist’s own interest in high-fashion aesthetics, while paving the way for a new type of creative discipline: portraits-by-absence. Menoh returns to Track 16 with her latest series of “non-portraits,” A Ring Around the Collar, Musicians, featuring headless musical legends such as James Brown, David Bowie, and Jarvis Cocker.
Family Portrait by Lun*na Menoh
When You Walk In the Room by Lun*na Menoh
Spring summer collection 1770-1998 by Lun*na Menoh, 1998 (Photo: Relah Eckstein)
Spring summer collection 1770-1998 with models by Lun*na Menoh, 1998 (Photo: Steaven Nilsson and Jennifer Cheung)
Sigmund Freud by Lun*na Menoh
Beatles by Lun*na Menoh
Hendrix by Lun*na Menoh
Jarvis Cocker by Lun*na Menoh
Spring Summer Collection 1770-1998 by Lun*na Menoh