Astaroth / 静寂に凍る光 by Masaki Hirokawa / 廣川政樹
Title of work: Astaroth / 静寂に凍る光
Year of creation: Sep 2020
Dimensions: 72 x 102 cm (Height x Width)
Medium: Digital Media
Technique: Photo collage

When I created this work, stores in the city were being replaced one after another or being abandoned due to infectious diseases. I remember walking through the quietly changing and desolate streets as I conceived and silently worked on this artwork. The only thing I can say is that what I sense in the eyes of the characters in this artwork is not negative emotions such as sadness or loneliness, but an eternal and unchanging strength. The human mind has a self-preservation instinct that rejects change anyway and perceives it as stress. But for me, I could only perceive these changes as a positive sign, and I was convinced that the world was in the process of ascending to a higher dimension with pain. At such times, the wish to return to the original world is also present, but I value the adaptability and resilience of human beings. Although the world is still in a difficult situation, when we make the transition to a better world, it is a gradual ascent and descent. I hope that you will not be defeated by the forces that push you backward, and that you will continue to move forward into a new world. I believe in the strength of human beings and the arrival of a peaceful and blessed future.


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