by Ariadna Zierold
Japanese artist Kazuhiro Hori combines soft, cuddly and adorable with depressing and morbid. His primary subject, highschool age girls, appear dejected and even mutilated by some unseen force behind this candy-filled facade.
Slight and anonymous, they are almost helpless in this abnormal environment. It’s a strange juxtaposition because in Japan the image of the schoolgirl has become synonymous with innocence and purity, and adheres to the Japanese obsession with ‘cute’, something firmly rooted in local culture.