A series inspired by the ancient Japanese art of Shibari, simply meaning, ‘to tie’. In Japan (1400-1700) it was common for soldiers to use ‘Hojo-Jutsu’ as a form of imprisonment and torture, but the honour of these ancient Samurai warriors required them to treat their prisoners well. So, they created different techniques, showing the honour and status of the captive. Today, particularly in the West, it’s practiced as an art of meditative and erotic bondage. In Shibari, the model is the canvas, the rope is the paint + brush, and the rigger is the artist. It is a physiological experience of visual beauty and power exchange. The knots emphasize sensuality, vulnerability and above all, strength.
India Ink, watercolour, and metallic acrylic.
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