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JAPANESE, BORN 1984
Shimoda’s artwork paints a world where cuteness and horror coexist, and fantasy meets reality. She credits the Japanese pop culture as the main source of inspiration of her Lowbrow-Irasuto style, inspired by anime and manga. Through depicting children especially, Shimoda reveals the problems people in today’s society struggle with from within.
Children possess a simple existence because their identity is ambiguous which provides her with an original point of view. These characters not only represent heroism but an adult desire to watch our children grow and defend the world we have constructed.