From a Myth (4)

神話より(4)
來自神話 (4)
来自神话 (4)
신화로부터 (4)

AKUTAGAWA(MADOKORO), Saori

芥川(間所)沙織
芥川(间所)沙织
아쿠타가와(마도코로)사오리

1956
Dyeing on Textile
162×130.3cm


Strange creatures painted by dyeing textile.

布を染めることで描かれた不思議な生き物たち
以布染工藝來描繪不可思議的生物群
以布染工艺来描绘不可思议的生物群
천을 염색해서 그려진 불가사의한 생물 들


In what seems to be an underground cave, there are three strange creatures, which look like combinations of insects and plants, wriggling. The color of each domain is clearly divided with the tunnel-like structure built of stone dyed in red, the creatures in blue, and the background in green. Consequently, despite being a complicatedly intricate space, the structure is unexpectedly easy to understand.

Akutagawa Saori studied at the Department of Vocal Music at Tokyo University of the Arts. While at university, she married Akutagawa Yasushi, a classmate, and gave up vocal music so as not to disturb her husband’s musical composition. She then studied oil painting and batik and devised a technique of her own to paint by dyeing. What she expressed was closed-in, suppressed shouts and fury of women or heartfelt laughter. While this work was inspired by a Japanese myth, here too, we seem to be able to hear the shouts of women trying to get out of a dark place and be set free.