Eerie, Disintegrating Bodies by Yuichi Ikehata

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Yuichi Ikehata is an artist born and based in Chiba, Japan. In a series titled “Fragment of Long Term Memory (LTM),” Ikehata sculpts human bodies (or body parts) using wire, clay, and paper. Next, he photographs the sculpture and digitally adds in skin, hair, eyes, and other features. The final image is so seamless that the viewer cannot tell what is real and what is not. Each sculpture is frozen in a state of unravelling or partial decomposition, their skin flaking off to reveal the structure beneath, as if they were real bodies caught at the edge of an explosion. According to Ikehata, this disintegrating imagery reflects the nature of forgotten or repressed memories. “I retrieve those fragmented moments and reconstruct them as surreal images,” he explains. “I gather these misplaced memories from certain parts of our reality, and together they create a non-linear story, resonating with each other in my photographs.”

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Images © Yuichi Ikehata

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