• Born 1991 in Hyogo
  • Based in Aichi

Ishiba Ayako graduated with a master’s degree in Oil Painting and Printmaking from Aichi University of the Arts. By intervening only slightly in otherwise straightforward shots of commonplace daily items, she creates photographic pieces that engender a sense of visual incongruity and unease. In recent work, she has photographed objects partially outlined in black pen, exploring the flaws in human perception that result in the illusion of a partially flat space. Precisely because Ishiba manipulates her subjects in such minuscule ways, the viewer receives the impression that the space has been distorted, and experiences an awkward sense of unease. Like trompe-l’œil paintings, the effect of her works is easy to comprehend once the trick has been deciphered, getting to the heart of the inherent qualities of the photography medium, which fictitiously reproduces the reality of the 3D world in two dimensions.

Selected Works & Awards

VOCA 2019, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan, VOCA Encouragement Prize
Pop-up Dimension, Kodama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
The Blur in Photographs, KANAZAWA ART GUMMI, Ishikawa, Japan
  • Between 2 and 3 (My desk), 2017