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Shibari

My exploration with ropes began as a curiosity about the underlying elements of ‘shibari’ performances - an erotic Japanese bondage art form that uses ropes to create geometric patterns that contrast beautifully with the human body’s contours. Practitioners rely on the tensions produced by knotting, tugging and pulling ropes across their partner’s body to foster a palpable connection with them, even where there is no contact between their physical forms. 

The essence of ‘shibari’ hence lies in the delicate trade of submission and dominance, and of the psychological trust and emotional intimacy established between partners. Within such a context, the rope acquires a deeply symbolic meaning of power exchanges; of vulnerability, of strength against exposure, of calm at the edge of risk. As an artist who regularly delves into the performative, I intuitively recognise the potency of non-verbal communication between two individuals: the way the gaze, gestures, movements and momentum operate to create forms of heightened sensuality.