Apatrides (Torn Apart)
"Apatrides (Torn Apart)" is a painting from the End of Kawaii Series.
When war comes, families are torn apart. Lolitas are forced to take the Lolita side. Non-kawaii people are forced to take the anti-kawaii side. For those who choose to love and refuse to fight against their loved ones, a fear remains—the fear of becoming stateless. Secret services work to analyse content on social media, and those who cannot give a firm opinion about their country's 'enemies' are tracked down. But deep down, they know. Love will always prevail.
An army is marching. They don’t wear mesh pants but cute petticoats and dresses, They will fight for their freedom and beliefs. They want peace — but will kill for it. They’re just like you and I.
By using Lolitas, the artist is willingly choosing not to take any side. The universality of this kawaii army is the source of this series.
But are they still this cute with blood on their hands? If you choose their side in this war, be sure of one thing: no matter who they were before, it’s the end of Kawaii.
Lolita fashion emerged in Japan during the 1990s as a radical form of street style born out of the Japanese taste for Hello Kitty cuteness. Although the term 'Lolita' has sexual connotations in Western culture due to the book of the same name by Vladimir Nabokov, in Japanese culture it refers to cuteness, elegance and modesty. Whether sweet, punk, gothic or any other of the many sub-categories of Lolita that exist, the style is characterised by outfits with a profusion of lacy frills and ruffles worn with demure accessories such as headpieces, gloves and parasols.
Louise Hapton has always been fascinated by this feminist movement and expression. She wears Lolita dresses on a regular basis and enjoys all types of Kawaii (cute) culture, especially if it has a dark twist.
Original signed painting by Louise Hapton
Technique: Acrylic and aerosol spray paint on cotton canvas
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