Gashadokuro - Blue skull
THE HIDDEN THINGS
Monster, demons, ghosts, spooks. The stories we tell come from our most deepest and fearful thoughts. Aren’t all of these fantastic and yet disturbing stories simple lies that hide a deeper truth?
Hidden things it’s a collection of artworks inspired by the darkest feelings we experience in life, feelings that we try to hide behind fantasies and incoherent lies.
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The first owner will also have the possibility to claim a screen print of the artwork (size : 65x50) hand signed by the artist. No additional cost.
Gashadokuro, also known as Ōdokuro, are mythical creatures in Japanese mythology. They are skeletal giants which wander around the countryside in the darkest hours of the night. If they should happen upon a human out late on the roads, the gashadokuro will silently creep up and catch their victims, crushing them in their hands or biting off their head. I felt that the legend of Gashadokuro was a great metaphor about our inner self. Because isn’t it our greatest enemy? Our biggest sabotage comes from ourselves, our inner thoughts, that silently creep up and catch us just like the legend of this monstrous Yokai. What lies inside us is what we reflected, neglecting our inner self it’s the real source of all the pain. Isn’t it?
About the ARTIST :
Lhunatica, 28, is a Venezuelan illustrator who, at the age of 22, embarked on a journey as a political refugee to France in the pursuit of life-changing experiences, safety and meaningful connections. All of this compelled her to leave her family behind and make a home in foreign lands, which have in turn, helped her reinvent herself on her new path towards artistic expression.
Lhunatica began drawing at a very young age. It wasn’t until the age of 12, however, that, whilst marvelling at Diego Vélazquez’ works at the Prado Museum in Madrid, she discovered the wonders of art and decided that this would in fact, become her true raison d’être.
In the words of Henry Matisse - “creativity takes courage” and it is precisely that which has enabled her to hone and conceptualise her artistry - unafraid to reconcile with her feelings of solitude, uncertainty, and doubt to create a world of fantasy for her and others to rejoice.