除災招福 JO SAI SHO FUKU
(WARD OFF CALAMITIES, INVITE GOOD LUCK):
GODS AND YOKAI IN TIME OF PANDEMIC
Codex of Amabie, 2020
Oil on canvas
8.9 x 6.2 inches (22.7 x 15.8 cm)
FROM THE ARTIST:
Amabie was said to ward off pandemics and bring a good harvest. I felt I must recreate its image to show to people. I’ve never seen it with my eyes so I tried to make it true to it's tradition. For the ambiguous parts, I went back to cultural DNA and RNA inherited from ancient times. I am confident my Amabie is very close to the original.