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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

YOJI KUMAGAI

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Amabie, 2020
Mineral pigment, suihi/mud paint on Japanese paper (Kumohadamashi paper) mounted on wood panel
10.7 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches (27.3 x 22 x 1.8 cm)

FROM THE ARTIST:
 

Creating a painting is much like delivering a new life into this world, bringing forth an idea that has never been imagined before. As the story goes, Amabie told people to draw it. I believe one of the ways it guided us to be aware and ready for the unprecedented was to have us recreate its supernatural figure.


COVID-19 is still largely a mystery to us, but it exists with us now as a new reality. When we learn how to face it properly and to coexist with it, as we have done with influenza, we will overcome the situation. 


Those who enjoy and appreciate any form of Art understand the power of rendering the unseen, as artists themselves do. I hope the art will support you to be strong and carry on until we overcome this situation.