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STARRY-EYED PORTRAITS BY HIKARI SHIMODA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Japanese artist Hikari Shimoda’s child subjects are equally enchanting and disarming, and full of possibilities. Though her portraits feature anonymous starry-eyed children, they are also reflections of Hikari herself, who has amassed her experiences of traveling abroad and learning the English language into her new paintings.

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Born and currently based in Nagano, Japan, but raised on Japanese animation and comics, Hikari herself is not unlike her characters, living on the edge between a place deeply rooted in its beliefs and traditions and an exciting, however uncertain, future.

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