除災招福 JO SAI SHO FUKU
(WARD OFF CALAMITIES, INVITE GOOD LUCK):
GODS AND YOKAI IN TIME OF PANDEMIC
Yatagarasu (Three-Legged Crow), 2020
Metal pigment, sumi ink, dye on Japanese paper
17.9 x 15 x 0.8 inches (45.5 x 38 x 2 cm)
FROM THE ARTIST:
Yatagarasu is a mythological three-legged crow who led Emperor Jinmu from the Kumano region during his eastern expedition. The crow is respected and worshipped as a god who wards off evil. It is a widely used symbol, including as the Japan Football Association logo. I hope Yatagarasu will lead us through the turbulence of pandemic.