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Hiroko Shiina


   There's a unique pleasure in encountering something unfamiliar and intriguing. Hiroko Shiina delves deep into the complexities of the female psyche, exploring cultivated realms of imagination. She unveils a mysterious parallel world—a cursed, enchanted space where time and space lose their grip. In this realm, images flicker and flutter, hair dances without wind, and streams of water and blood expand and contract. We hear the whispers of growing grass and the rhythmic pulse of a fetus's heart, while bones transform into landscapes against a velvety black backdrop.

  Shiina's compositions resemble a tapestry of scattered vignettes, each delicately rendered with special details that guide us through this enigmatic universe. Her art unveils a wonderfully strange existence where images seem weightless, blurring the boundaries between reality, memory, and dream. This ambiguity evokes a sense of fleeting sensations—a multiplicity of meanings that beckons contemplation.

   Amidst this ethereal realm, a male presence—the "half-aerial attendant"—watches passively, adding depth to the experience. Shiina isn't merely reproducing forms; she captures invisible forces and makes them visible. The fluttering comfort of her world is sensually rendered through subdued colors and infused coffee stains, evoking a patina-like quality that echoes the Japanese aesthetic principle of sabi—imbuing beauty and solitude to old objects.

  Operating within the aesthetic of yugen, Shiina's work exudes a sense of darkness and mystery, intensified by a fatal romanticism that explores the profound emotional dimensions of female existence. In contrast to Western depictions of women as more "naked" and readily comprehensible, Japanese women are often seen as elusive and closed-off. Through her art, Hiroko Shiina embarks on a personal exploration of the hidden psychology within the female psyche, shedding light on the enigmatic nature of womanhood.

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