除災招福 JO SAI SHO FUKU
(WARD OFF CALAMITIES, INVITE GOOD LUCK):
GODS AND YOKAI IN TIME OF PANDEMIC
Amabie the Goddess! 2020
5.5 x 4.9 x 13 inches (14 x 12.5 x 13 cm)
FROM THE ARTIST:
To me this yokai, Amabie, appeared out of nowhere during this pandemic. I learned it has existed in folklore for hundreds of years. I was impressed anew by the depth and uniqueness of Japanese culture. I believe there are many more amazing unknowns to discover in this country. This piece was made for a hashtag, #AmabieChallenge (#アマビエチャレンジ) on Twitter. I began by recreating the original Amabie figure and then modified it into my own version. I enjoy seeing how other artists create their versions and I believe this movement will be part of history.