June 10, 2013 / 23:13
«Afrodita is searching for a dress»
Group exhibition this Tuesday, I also take a part at:
Ben Gurion St. X Nordau St., Bat Yam
All the revenues will be donated to «Alut» (The Israeli Society for Autistic Children)
The brief was to create kind of a clothes inspired by water mythology. As an inspiration I took a Japanese river creature Kappa:
Kappas are very strange creatures (there is a great article about them in Wikipedia). For example: «…They are sometimes said to take their victims for the purpose of drinking their blood, eating their livers or gaining power by taking their shirikodama, a mythical ball said to contain their soul which is located inside the anus.» WTF?!
But as there are not such a thing in Japanese mythology, as «pure evil» or «pure good», Kappas can be also funny, childish and even helpful. They are also very polite:
«The defining characteristic of the Kappa is the hollow cavity atop its head. This saucer-like depression holds a strength-giving fluid. Should you chance upon the quarrelsome Kappa, please remember to bow deeply. If the courteous Kappa bows in return, it will spill its strength-giving water, making it feeble, and forcing it to return to its water kingdom. „
Some Japanese parents tell this story while teaching their kids to bow politely.
And now for the doll. In the beginning she was naked and purely white. Hard working conditions in the terrace :)
My daughter helped a lot with a technical part. During the work she called the doll „Bubanee“.
For a few weeks we had a feeling that somebody is hiding behind the door. Every time somebody else cried out in fright, while trying to leave the house.
Eventually, our Bubanee got her dress. I’m not sure in what occasion one can wear this thing…
And this is how my Afrodita looks like in the gallery. I took this photo from Castro’s article above
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