Enormous Animals with Divine Powers Populate Kanako Abe’s Dreamy Papercuts — Colossal

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January 26, 2024

Grace Ebert

All images © Kanako Abe, shared with permission

“My intention is to invite the viewers to feel like they’re in a little story theater when they look at my art,” says Kanako AbeAbout her latest series. The Seattle-based artist has a reputation for her elegant Kirie worksAbe’s latest collection, which uses the same precision and whimsical aesthetic, moves from two dimensions to three to embrace the immersive nature of storytelling. Employing the same precision and whimsical aesthetic, Abe’s most recent collection shifts from two dimensions to three to embrace the immersive nature of storytelling.

Viewing through January 30th at Giant RobotLos Angeles’ new body of work layers green sprigs in dense thickets. Dreamlike scenes nestle inside the soft copse frame and evoke Japanese folklore. Nushi. The myth refers, in English, to the guardian, or spirit of mountains and forests. These animals have grown enormously over centuries. These creatures are feared and revered for their incredible power.

In Abe’s nighttime scenes, enormous wolves and deer greet a young girl donning a red cape. “To me, Nushi symbolizes timeless wisdom that remains constant regardless of the changing world around us,” she says. “I think we can all relate to this sentiment—that, sometimes, we need to step back from the world, embracing moments of isolation to rediscover ourselves.”

For more of Abe’s works and glimpses into her practice, including her dyeing process, check out her Instagram.

 

an enormous fox flies over mountains. its visible through a dense thicket of green foliage framing the scene

an enormous gray wolf bows its head to greet a young girl in a red cape and hood. they're visible through a dense thicket of green foliage framing the scene

an enormous fawn sleeps peacefully. it's visible through a dense thicket of green foliage framing the scene

an enormous deer with antlers bows its head to greet a young girl in a red cape and hood. they're visible through a dense thicket of green foliage framing the scene

an enormous wolf bows its head to greet a young girl in a red cape and hood. they're visible through a dense thicket of green foliage framing the scene

#animals
#folklore
#Kanako Abe
#paper

 

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