Yuko Mizobuchi is a Tokyo-based painter. She works primarily with permanent paint markers, watercolour ink, Japanese Sumi and carving on wood board.
In her latest piece Amabie, she depicts an old Japanese folk monster that looks like a mermaid. Mizobuchi uses Amabie as a symbol of Covid 19 and its affect on everyday life in Japan, whilst hoping for a better and healthier future.
She notes: “Humans have conceived art and music since ancient times. I may not be able to save people’s lives in a tangible way, but I believe in the power of art and want to continue drawing. I hope that the day will come when people all over the world can live with a smile.”