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除災招福 JO SAI SHO FUKU
(WARD OFF CALAMITIES, INVITE GOOD LUCK):
GODS AND YOKAI IN TIME OF PANDEMIC

ASAKO TABATA

Amabie, 2020
Japanese paper, acrylic
11.4 x 2.8 x 3.5 inches (29 x 7 x 9 cm) 

FROM THE ARTIST:
I removed the chime from a baby's rattle and put it inside this sculpture. It chimes softly when the piece is lifted up, bringing a sensation of wonder and awe.  

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Amabie, 2020
Oil on canvas
10.7 x 8.7 inches (27.3 x 22 cm)

FROM THE ARTIST:
A picture of Amabie was believed to protect people from pandemic. It would even be more blissful if it appears with a bowl of remedy. Still, a painting is nothing more than a painting. I don’t believe “a picture of Amabie” has any magical power. Still, I believe the origin of painting derives from a desperate hope or belief in God. Please stay safe.