Size 21 inch x 16 inch (51cm x 41cm)
Sunday, 27 December 2020
For my middle son’s birthday gift this year, I asked him for a theme to ignite my inspiration. ‘Mononoke’!, he said. Amongst Miyazaki’s heart-warming films, his favourite has always been ‘the Princess Mononoke’ without a doubt. So I thought it’s fair but what do I do? Then I decided to solely rely on the image in my head what I remember from the story. As a result, my human character appears to be a mixture of San and Ashitaka. I am definitely confused Shishigami with Yakul (Ashitaka’s red elk)!
Anyway, the most important thing was I have succeeded to transmit the image from my head onto a picture frame by cutting and collating origami pieces. When my son finally saw the work over the Skype, he looked very puzzled. ‘Oh no! He doesn’t like it at all!’ – a sharp fear of rejection pierced through me at the moment just by surmising his befuddled reaction. After 5 seconds as if it felt like an eternity, he uttered words. Basically his image of ‘Mononoke’ was nothing but green forests. He was simply taken aback to see more colours and details rather than all greenery in the picture but he really likes it how it turned out (according to him).
Well, I must confess now. Actually I tried to create more forests throughout adding different shades of greens which can be seen at the top left corner of the picture. But I got bored and moved on creating other figures in the picture and never went back to add more greens. A sabotage. Compromised. That is why I felt like my son’s perplexed look judged me as a failure even though we have never discussed how the picture should be turned out. So we should never fool ourselves. In the creative world, we must go fino in fondo.