Alright, we're get'n back to business here!
Progression of piece MERMAID'S SONG, or NINGYO NO UTA (人魚の歌) as follows:
The HUGE box that the paper I ordered from PaperWoman: http://www.papernado.com had a warning that said 'beware of water damage' in Japanese. Well, I ripped it out and was inspired to make it the starting point for my new project.
After layers of extremely thin unryu paper cut out into freehand designs which I dyed with acrylic pigments, I painted over top, and added whimsical elements.
I like how my imagination unfolds, and unexpected elements like the paper air plane which does not exist in the original fable presents itself.
I created the body out of clay, painted, added further elements like the three dimensional paper dyed, and sculpted into her hair and tail.
More detailed shot.
Here is a rough photo of the final piece: colors more saturated, added dimension, texture, scales cut individually, layers, finishes, and oh there is a moon in the background too.
The reasons I believe and think Japan's mental health system and society has become the way it has been/is will be what I hope to discuss in the next blog post.
Thank you so much for your time, and for the Canadians tuning in I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!!!