Paper Cities Enclosed in Glass Vessels by Ayumi Shibata (5 pics)




Japanese artist Ayumi Shibata uses traditional methods of Japanese paper cutting to create miniature cities within vessels of glass. Her chosen materials reference the delicate relationship humans have with our environment and natural forces of our world, while also relating to the Japanese translation of “paper.” In Japanese, the word for “paper” is “Kami,” which can also mean “god,” “divinity,” or “spirit.” Kami are omnipresent in the Shinto religion , and reside in the sky, ground, trees, and rocks. “Kami move freely beyond time, universe and places, appearing during events, as well as in our houses and our bodies,” said Shibata on her website. “These spirits also dwell in paper. In the religion of Shinto, white paper is considered a sacred material.” Using this charged material, Shibata attempts to construct a sculptural dialogue about how we relate and respond to our natural world. Some of Shibata’s work is included in the three-person exhibition  Passion Paper at  Galerie Atalier Du Genie  in Paris through March 27, 2017. (thnx Laura!)

Paper Cities Enclosed in Glass Vessels by Ayumi Shibata

 

 

  

  

Paper Cities Enclosed in Glass Vessels by Ayumi Shibata

Paper Cities Enclosed in Glass Vessels by Ayumi Shibata




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