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Ryota Shiibashi

1979 | Japan

I feel that life is vague like a question that we cannot find answers when I think about why people live. But I think that the only sure thing is that everyone dies someday. Therefore, I decided to think about death in order to clarify why people live. Through my research, I found out about near-death experiences, memory in former incarnations, and Metempsychosis in Hinduism and Buddhism. I believe that life after death and before birth are of the same world, and is linked to this world at the same time.

My interest had gradually changed from death to “things between life and death”, and I walk the mountains and take photos to collect material for a series of collage works. I feel a sense of warmth when I am confronted with something larger than myself such as Nature, which can also be perilous and unforgiving. Nature allows for a more tangible experience of the space between Life and Death, which is vital for my creative process.

My interest had gradually changed from death to “things between life and death”, and I walk the mountains and take photos to collect material for a series of collage works. I feel a sense of warmth when I am confronted with something larger than myself such as Nature, which can also be perilous and unforgiving. Nature allows for a more tangible experience of the space between Life and Death, which is vital for my creative process.