Mask

マスク
口罩
口罩
마스크

KATSURA, Yuki

桂ゆき
桂 YUKI
桂 YUKI
가쓰라 유키

1970
Oil and collage on board
122×162cm


A humorous satire on environmental pollution issues around 1970.

1970年頃の公害問題をユーモラスに風刺した作品
以幽默的手法諷刺了1970年前後公害問題的作品
作品幽默地讽刺了1970年前后的公害问题
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.