Size 21 inch x 16 inch (51cm x 41cm)
Friday, 23 April 2021
A blue sky or a blue sea? For instance, if we were to stroll on the beach and gaze into the far distanced horizon, it is not very clear for our sight to discern where the water ends and where the sky begins. No matter how hard we try to scrutinise and identify the border, most probably end up seeing milliards of flashy stars before our eyes and will not succeed. Based on this concept, I felt it is totally up to me to allow both a Superman-ish character flying and a fish swimming simultaneously in the same space, because there is no cognizable barrier between the sky and the sea.
And as always, I would like to give a spot light on someone or some objects that are normally obscured and under appreciated. For my Superman, I had the strangest idea in my head and had to create him accordingly. I thought of using a ‘Jizo statue’ to turn it into my super hero character. Many random places in Japan these ‘off road Jizo statues’ can be found. As far as I am aware, they are so called guardians/protectors of children. Hence, my Superman’s flesh is made out of stones in my picture. A piece of 300 ton metals can fly, why not my Jizo?
Anyway, my chief argument of this picture is about how to tackle with our prejudged minds. The hero Jizo suddenly spotted a troublesome incident way down on the islands from up above the sky and he is on his rescue mission. Apparently, a giant monster is about to attack the little monster, so he concluded. However, is it really though? Isn’t it way too far to access the situation accurately? What about other scenarios? What if they are just playing a tag of war? What if the little monster screaming for a help and the giant monster rushing to get there?
99% of news I read on my mobile phone contain stressful and concerning contents these days. Being constantly and endlessly exposed to negative spirals, no wonder we are hasten to judge things cynically and pessimistically. Thinking of worst case scenarios, in a way, functions as our defence mechanism and save us from going further into mental paralysis. Winning over prejudices may not be easy but it is never too late to start liberating our minds from this instance.