除災招福 JO SAI SHO FUKU
(WARD OFF CALAMITIES, INVITE GOOD LUCK):
GODS AND YOKAI IN TIME OF PANDEMIC
Amabie & Amabiko In a Room, 2020
Natural pigment, color pencil, black tea on paper.
13.1 x 9.5 x 0.75 inches (33.3 × 24.2 × 1.9 cm)
FROM THE ARTIST:
I learned about Amabiko, when I was researching Amabie. Amabiko predicts a good harvest and pandemic as Amabie does. Painting its image will help people withstand disasters. We are all stuck in our own rooms. I imagined Amabie and Amabiko would visit us and deliver news of the end of this pandemic. I hope we all go back to normality soon. I continue to paint everyday, hoping my works encourage people.