Bodhisattvas of the Earth / 地涌の手 by Masaki Hirokawa / 廣川政樹
Title of work: Bodhisattvas of the Earth / 地湧の手
Year of creation: Mar 2020
Dimensions: 97 x 138 cm (Height x Width)
Medium: Digital Media
Technique: Photo collage

When the world was plunged into the coronavirus pandemic, all kinds of sorrowful thoughts and ideas came rushing in from throughout the city. Water ladles disappeared from shrines, and supermarket shelves were emptied. The world was about to be newly reborn. I kept pondering about the role that art could play in such a world. And then, as if all of the ideas I had received from the massive swells of the earth had filtered through me, my mind became pure and innocent, and I was able to continuously project those thoughts into this artwork. And finally, the one thing that remained, was "supplication."

世界がコロナ禍に入った時、街中からあらゆる悲しい想念が流れ込んで来ました。神社からは柄杓がなくなり、スーパーの棚は空になりました。世界は新しく生まれ変わろうとしていました。アートがそのような世界で持つ役割は何か悩み、考え続け、大きな世界のうねりより受けた想念を濾過するように、無心で作品に投影し続けました。そして最後に残ったのは「祈り」でした。

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