Gestalta

I was first introduced to shibari in 2007 and have been immersed in it ever since.
 My interest was initially sparked by the aesthetic of shibari; the seemingly organic structure of rope melding with flesh in the works of Araki, and other artists whose works I had collected in scraps from the few Japanese publications available.
As I began to practice it myself I also found an interest in exploring the potential of ropes to open up new ways to connect with the body, with other people, and the effects of pushing myself into seemingly ‘extreme’ psychological and physical states.
I began using shibari in performance in around 2009 and gradually developed an interest in impermanent structures, and the fragile balances found between us, our environment, and within intimate connections.
Although I see shibari very much as an art form, it is also important to me that it’s roots in pornography are not glossed over; I see it also as a powerful way of reconciling any perceived conflict between art and sex and exploring the relationship between the two.

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