Envoy From Moon (2017)


Rabbits have represented fertility and the moon since ancient times, and these symbols are commonly associated with being the properties of goddesses. Actually, in myths and folklore, rabbits often accompany goddesses. In other words, it could be said that rabbits are their messengers. Although this work was made as a joke, it lightly bears features associated with these godly rabbits. Firstly, fertility is directly linked to the prosperity of descendants. Rabbits have superior fertility, with males sometimes running around females, ejaculating, while females are overweight animals. It is also the reason why bunny girls and rabbits are chosen as mascots of certain pornographic magazines. That’s why one of the pieces has big eyes with long eyelashes, expressing sexual pleasure. In Indian legends, a rabbit was brought to the moon by Sakra, whereas in China, a rabbit making medicinal herbs gave immortality to a young girl and led her to the moon. In Japan, this story is regarded as the reason there is an image of a rabbit making mochi out of the moon. This Chinese rabbit is seen as the familiar of the Queen Mother of the West (a Chinese goddess). Also, the wavy pattern drawn on the legs is inspired by the wave rabbit patterns popular in the Edo era. The wave rabbit comes from a passage of the folk song “Chikubushima”, but that rabbit also lives on the moon. Thus, this wave pattern became a trinitarian symbol. It was linked to a virgin birth from the fact rabbits were thought to be androgynous, and therefore rabbits were depicted alongside the Virgin Mary and the young Christ. From this were born the three hares that became the symbol of the of the church.

In regards to the white rabbit of the work, female rabbits and aliens suddenly became motifs. This is because in relation to the above-mentioned moon and the hare of Inaba that appears in the Kojiki, a parallel became greater between them and small grey type aliens.

Mediums: acrylic on paper