Gestalta is an artist and model. The main focus of her work is shibari (also known as kinbaku, or Japanese rope bondage) which forms the primary basis of her live performance and installation art. She is based in London, but frequently tours internationally.
As a performance artist, her work has been seen around Japan, Australia, and many European cities including London, Moscow, Paris, Berlin, Prague, Geneva, and Barcelona.
“Although seemingly disparate, much of my work stems from an underlying interest in structure, movement and the human form, and an ever-growing fascination with the links between eroticism, surrealism and our often uncomfortable relationship with transience; all of which I frequently explore as a natural process in my performance and shibari work, but these themes are also carried into my photography and, when working collaboratively, my work as a model.”
Gestalta has been studying shibari since her introduction to it in 2007. Her initial interest was purely in the visuals of shibari, seduced by the seemingly organic structure of rope on the body and the awkwardly evocative photography of Nobyoshi Araki. As she began to familiarise herself with the experience first hand she soon developed an appreciation for the psychology and eroticism of rope bondage, which lead her on a journey into the world of BDSM, first in the west, and eventually into the underground of Tokyo and Osaka. Her relationship with shibari continues to fluctuate between the sexual and the artistic aspects.
She first found shibari as a form of performance art around 2 years into her exploration of ropes. As a performer her work is often direct and minimalistic with a focus on bold, dynamic transitions and movements, which she likes to contrast by presenting in a soft, subtle, and feminine way.
Gestalta absorbed much of her technical rigging style as a natural process of observation and experience during the 3 years (2011 - 2014) she spent modelling for top Japanese nawashi, Kazami Ranki, but prefers to mix and evolve elements from different styles rather than to follow any ryu (style) religiously.
She is available as a performance and installation artist, for workshops and private tuitions, and also for photo / video shoots - please feel free to contact with any enquiries.
Gestalta's work deals with themes of eroticism, surrealism, power exchange and distorted realities. She is sometimes looking for people who are interested in appearing in her photos, so please feel free to get in contact if you are interested to collaborate.
As a model, Gestalta works in genres ranging from fashion through to art. She is currently available primarily for freelance projects where she has an interest in the themes, and prefers to collaborate with photographers and artists in the creative process. Her work often leans toward an exploration of her own psyche through erotic and surreal narratives, but she is also fascinated with the form and motion of the human body and the natural world.
She holds various LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) certificates in speech, improvisation, and acting.
Please contact for any enquiries and bookings.
Enquiries and bookings: email@example.com.
- RopeFest, Performance (Tallinn, Estonia, July 2016) - Rope Spirit, Performance (Prague, Czech Republic, July 2016) - Shibari, Culturgest; performance with Pedro (Lisbon, Portugal, June 2016) - The Soap Box, event organiser / curator (London, June 2016) - Moscow Knot, performance (Moscow, April 2016) - The Realm of Shunga, immersive theatre performance (London, April 2016) - The Soap Box, Performance + event organiser / curator (London, April 2016) - The Soap Box, event organiser / curator (London, February 2016) – Bound, Performance (London, January 2016) – Red Bind Variation 2 performance w/ Gorgone and Bruno Ducret (live cello) (Paris, November 2015) – Nude Noir Halloween, Performance (London, October 2015) – London Fetish Weekend performance (London, October 2015) – London Festival of Rope Art performance (London, September 2015) – Nude Noir, Food Noir, Performance (London, September 2015) – Miscellanea Arts Club, Vauxhall, Performance (London, September 2015) – Eurix: double self suspension performance (Berlin, September 2015) – Shibari Night; Anatomie (London, August 2015) – Jyowa: 10th anniversary of the death of Akechi Denki memorial performance with Pedro (Tokyo, July 2015) – Kinbaku Live at Studio 6 performance w/Osada Steve (Tokyo, May 2015) – Saturday Night Live. 2 performances (Paris, April 2015) – Nude Noir, Valentine’s, performance (London, February 2015) – Kinbaku Untied, Performance (Barcelona, January 2015) - Bound, Performance (London, January 2015) – Kinbaku Magic, Performance with Miumi-U (London, December 2015) – Tokyo Underground. Performance with Miumi-U (Geneva, Switzerland, November 2014) – Tokyo Underground. Performance (Geneva, Switzerland, November 2014) – Shibari Night with Miumi-U and Gestalta, performance (Prague, Czech Republic, November 2014) – Sydney Rope Festival, performance w/ Kazami Ranki (Sydney, Australia, October 2014) – OzKinkFest, the Australian Fetish Expo (Melbourne, Australia, September 2014) – Start Options Exit & Melbourne Underground Film Festival opening night (Melbourne, Australia, September 2014) – Bound, Performance (London, UK, September 2014) -Wireless Festival, performance (London, UK, July 2014) – Club Rosas 5, performance w/ Miumi-U (Barcelona, Spain, April 2014) – Torture Garden. Performances w/ Kazami Ranki (London, UK, April 2014) – Impacts, performance w/ Kazami Ranki (Paris, France, April 2014) – PSYDOLL, performance w/ Miu Miu (London, UK, February 2014) – Artful Badger: The Art of Hearts Valentines Ball, performances (London, UK, February 2014) – Bound. Performance (London, UK, February 2014) – Sydney Rope Festival, performance w/ Kazami Ranki (Sydney, Australia, October 2013) -Sydney Rope Festival, collaborative performance w/ Kazami Ranki, Milla Reika and Nami. (Sydney, Australia, October 2013) – Torture Garden Birthday Ball. Performances w/ Kazami Ranki, 10th & 11th May (London, UK, 2013) – Artful Badger: The Love Nest Valentine’s Ball, performances. (London, UK, February 2013) – London Festival of the Art of Japanese Rope Bondage, 2 performances w/ Kazami Ranki (London, UK, 2012) – London Festival of the Art of Japanese Rope Bondage, performance w/ Kazami Ranki (London, UK, 2011) – Cirque du Soir, various regular performances w/ Esinem (London, UK, 2011) – Don’t Japanic, performance w/ Esinem (London, UK, 2011) – Lucha Britannia: February Falls, performance w/ Esinem (London, UK, 2011) – CSVPA fashion show, Cambridge Corn Exchange (Cambridge, UK, 2010) – Rubber Ball, w/ Esinem (London, UK, 2009)
>>TEACHER<< - Rope Fest, Estonia (July 2016) - Moscow Knot (April 2016) - Norway; 2 day workshop (March 2016) - London; Introduction to Suspension (February 2016) - London; Levelling up 4 week course (January - February 2016) - London; Self Suspension (August 2015) - London; Strappado (August 2015) - London; Introduction to Shibari (taught monthly at Anatomie Studio since August 2015) - Bournemouth Tea Party (3 workshops during 2015) – Paris; 3 day workshop (April 2015) – Edinburgh; 2 day workshop (March 2015) – London; Secret Shibari (February 2015) – London; Bound workshop (January 2015) – Glasgow; An afternoon with Gestalta (November, 2014) – London; A day with Gestalta: tying your partner, not a partner (November 2014) >>CO-TEACHER or MODEL<< – Workshop with Miumi-U (Lausanne, Switzerland, November 2014) – Workshop with Miumi-U (Prague, Czech Republic, October / November 2014) – Workshop with Miumi-U (Berlin, Germany, October 2014) – Kazami Ranki Masterclass Model (Sydney, Australia, September/October 2014) – Kazami Ranki Masterclass Model (London, UK, April 2014) – Kazami Ranki Masterclass Model (Paris, France, April 2014) – Kazami Ranki Masterclass Model (Sydney, Australia, September/October 2013) – Kazami Ranki Masterclass Model (London, UK, May 2013) – Kazami Ranki Masterclass model (London, UK, October 2012) – Kazami Ranki Masterclass model (London, UK, May 2012) – London Festival of the Art of Japanese Bondage (London, UK, 2009) STUDENT - London, Kasumi Hourai 5 day workshop (August 2015)
FILM / TV
– ‘The Pleasure of Rope’ – feature length documentary – Cradle of Filth, Right Wing of the Garden Triptych – music video – The Melodic – music video – Jagga, Love the Pain – music video – ‘Suitably Rewarded’: a short film collaboration with Disappointed Virginity – ‘A Special form of Denial’: a film by Disappointed Virginity – Fetisch Park – Music Video – Documentary for french-speaking Canadian TV on artistic representation of body image – Channel 4 – Body Shocking Show.
EDITORIAL, BOOKS & COMMERCIAL
- Kinoko Hajime / 10th anniversary book 2016 – ?????? Maniac Club (Japan), January 2012 - Sang Bleu, 2014 – Hustler’s ‘Taboo’ Magazine (10 page bondage feature), Jul – Aug 2014 – Von Gutenberg magazine, Issue 3 (8 page editorial feature for Libertinesque) – Feigenblatt Magazin, Issue 17 (editorial – China Hamilton) – //SLANG Magazine, Issue 10, December 2012 (editorial for Karolina Lakowska lingerie) – SKIN. Magazine, The Dorsia Issue. Issue 3, August 2012 (editorial – Twitchet) – Fet-X Magazine Issue 3 (editorial – China Hamilton) – DUSTY Magazine, Issue 6, May 2013. – Sicky Magazine, July 2012 – Bernadinism Magazine #2 Spring Issue, 4 full pages. – Nocturnal Magazine, March 2010 – Karolina Laskowska lingerie 'Girls that glitter love the dark' collection - CD Album Cover of ‘The Reins of Life’ by Lark Blames – ‘Kinky Nature’ (Emma Delves-Broughton) – ‘What Katie Did’ (Collection 7). – Cover of EPS flyer. – ‘Gratuitous Sex and Violence – My Favourites’ (Alva Bernadine) – ‘Chronicle’ (Mick Waghorne) – ‘Katie Kelly’s Pillow Book’: (EPS; Marian Alonso)
– Sh!, London (2011) – ‘The Throne and The Theatre’, Gallery 320, London (2010) – ‘The Elusive Theatre of Biology’, Pierre Garroudi Gallery, London (2010) – ‘Three of a Kind’, Soho, London (2009) – ‘Thus Far…’ (2009) – Jago Gallery, London (2008) – Night of the Senses (2008) – London Festival of the Art of Japanese Bondage (various) – Erotica (various) – Seattle Erotic Art Festival (various) – Linden House Gallery (various)