Irezumi (The Tatoo),
Material: Mahogany,Walnut, White Oat
Dimension:10" x 7 3/4" x 2 1/4"
Irezumi belongs to a non-functional object series, Kappa, which explores tinkling moments twisting the daily life. Where is the line between reality and sur-reality? To reveal truths that can never be achieved in the real world, eastern fictional allegory blends the line between the two. Accidentally walking into simulacrum, the mirroring world coexisting with the reality, protagonists in literature start to reflect on matters in real life, questioning, what is utopia? What is the reality? By taking the mysterious half human-half frog creature in Ryūnosuke Akutagawa's dystopian fiction as the title, “Kappa” series intends to provide an entry to walk us from the reality to somewhere hyper.
Irezumi is adopted from Jun'ichirō Tanizaki‘s short literature The Tattooist, in which a talented tattooist was obsessed with an unknown young woman's body, so he kidnapped her and draw a giant spider tattoo on her back. The short story discusses women identity and the power embodied in women's body and sexuality, as wells the beauty hidden underneath the traditional Japanese kimono.