Kristensen, Tom (1962 - )
Paper size: 22 x 30 cm. Number 10 from the series Kaiju Manga ( Pictures of Magical Animals), printed in an edition of 30 in March 2012.
Fine impression, colours and condition.
Artist's note: "In Japanese folklore the fox spirit, or kitsune, gains supernatural
omniscience on reaching the age of 100, as its fur changes from red
through to gold and it gains its ninth tail. The kitsune is able to
present as a beautiful woman and to live with a man who may not
realise he is possessed by supernatural beauty. Shape shifting and
the appropriation of beauty is seen in the development of manga art
where early American cartoon faces were adapted with intense emotions
projected through window pane eyes set into a bubble shaped head.
This infantalised depiction of beauty is represented here by Hello
Kitty, the iconic mascot of maturing adolescent cuteness. The
template for this form of beauty was provided in 1955 by Dutchman
Dick Bruna when he created his first children's book with Miffy the
rabbit. Bruna has had some late success defending his copyright
against foxy mimicry.
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