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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

MACHUMAYU

Amabiko, 2020
Acrylic on canvas.
Artwork: 5.6 x 3.9 x 0.4 inches (14.4 x 9.8 x 1 cm)
Frame: 8.6 x 6.6 x 1.6 inches (21.8 x 16.7 x 4 cm)

FROM THE ARTIST:
 

This is Amabiko, another yokai like Amabie. It appears out of the sea, predicts good harvest and pandemic. My Amabiko appeared on a beach on a starry night with the Crescent Moon. A farming tool is in the upper right corner. As it predicts a good harvest, I put my prayer in this piece in the hope that our everyday life will be peaceful. I am sending this artwork from Kyushu, the area where most stories of Amabiko are found. 

Amabie, 2020
Acrylic on Japanese paper
Artwork: 10 x 4.9 inches (25.5 x 12.5 cm)

Frame: 36.5 x 27.7 cm 

FROM THE ARTIST:
 

As Amabie got attention for being a merman who can ward off evil, I believe its image will have a positive effect on those who see it. In this time of uncertainly, I hope art will give people peace of mind, emotional support, and energy to carry into the future. I continue painting with sincerity, with my soul, just like I always have been. Please stay safe and healthy.