The Possessed Children of Hikari Shimoda

Based in Nagano, Japan, Hikari Shimoda paints children in various, and sometimes dark, states of supernatural and religious possession, “a world where cuteness and horror coexist,” she says.

By riffing on the anime genres of irasuto and shojo (magical girls), she comments on the alarming rate with which children are expected to grow up and “defend the world we have constructed.”


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