(Japanese, born 1984)
In her own search for salvation and understanding, Hikari Shimoda represents the fantastic world of children exposed to loneliness and fear in their attempt to find a sense of the world around them. Connecting two extremes – life on one side and death on the other one, she indicates the vibrancy of youth and corrupted society. She uses her visual language to state her pray for the next generations, revealing the social issues and struggles of today society. Sweet and frightening at the same time, Shimoda’s paintings depict distorted reality causing deep feelings of desperation and hope at the same time.