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    Japanese artist Mari Shimizu makes what some would consider deeply dark and disturbing creations, but what she defines as representation of ineffable human emotions. "My doll shows fear and anxiety inside the person, oppressed desire, a trauma and a desire of the mind which isn't understood by others," she told Sputnik.

    "My grandfather on my mother's side was a sculptor of Buddhist art and my grandfather on my father's side was managing a cabaret in Manchuria.

    "I want to show through the form my dolls take how religion and philosophy are influenced by culture.

    "I'm interested in both of human belief and human desire," Ms. Shimizu told Sputnik.

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