Oil and collage on board
A humorous satire on environmental pollution issues around 1970.
1970년경 공해문제를 유머 있게 풍자한 작품
Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf together with thirteen shaven headed people are jostling one another in what seems to be a cave. They are all wearing masks, making it look as if the flu is going around. However, the black label-like part in the upper right reads “Sulfurous acid gas level 0.21 PPM, Carbon monoxide level, 0.14 PPM, Noise here 70 phons,” indicating that they are wearing masks to avoid the air pollution. 1970, the year this painting was produced, was a time when the damage caused by photochemical smog began to be seen as a problem.
Katsura Yuki had been painting avant-garde paintings employing the collage method from the 1930s without being conscious of Surrealism. Rather than making a frontal attack on the generally accepted idea in the society of the time that “women do not need talent,” she laughed at the social authority and pointed out the contradictions by dressing her paintings with robes of humor. She was a pioneer of pliant and reliable female artists.