ONLINE EXHIBITION

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

KOKI TSUJIMOTO

ツジモトコウキ「吉兆アマビエ図 〜桃波〜」2020年、M3.jpeg

Kiccho Amabie - Momonami, (On Pink Wave), 2020
Mineral pigment, suihi/mud paint, gold leaf, silver leaf on Japanese paper mounted on wood panel
10.7 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches (27.3 x 16 x 1.8 cm)

FROM THE ARTIST:

Amabie is a yokai believed to be able to prophesize pandemic and its painted image would save people from the disease. Old documents on Amabie don’t tell much about how it looked or what color it was. As good luck charms have long been an important theme in my painting, I created a loveable Amabie.

At this time of uncertainty, I feel powerless as an artist. During the lockdown, all I can do is keep painting. I hope my painting gives you peace of mind. I hope no more people die from COVID-19, and this disaster ends soon.