Mari Shibuya is a figurative painter combining realism with abstraction and geometry. A graduate of the Evergreen State College with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and philosophy, she is a student in the Kang-O'Higgins Atelier at Gage Academy of Art. Shibuya is based out of Seattle.
"I am motivated by the desire to explore the imaginal world – the world that imprints physical matter and the intrinsic patterns that exist within all levels of Life.
I feel that the power of art lies in the intention that is laced into the work throughout the whole creative process. Mosts recently I have been working on a series of portraits on wood with charcoal and white chalk. The portraits explore geometries of the natural world and the relationships these patterns have to the fields (gravitational, magnetic, energetic) that influence human experience.
The intersection of mind and matter is what fascinates me. I am working on exploring different ways of representing how I personally translate reality."
– Mari Shibuya