除災招福 JO SAI SHO FUKU
(WARD OFF CALAMITIES, INVITE GOOD LUCK):
GODS AND YOKAI IN TIME OF PANDEMIC
Painting of Sunlight, 2020
Gold mud paint, silver mud paint, gold leaf, mineral pigment, ink on Japanese paper mounted on wood panel.
13.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches (33.3 x 19 x 2 cm)
FROM THE ARTIST:
In the midst of dire calamity, I am hoping my painting gives people peace of mind. Amabie is a yokai to protect people from pandemic. I gave it my own artistic twist. While the world never stops being bitter and tough, it is possible for us to find small happiness and peace near us. It could be a good opportunity now to consider what’s most important to us. I hope my painting will help you find a silver lining.