Japanese Forest (Reworked)

Japanese Forest (Reworked)

Oil on Canvas

40 x 30 x 2cm

My experience of motherhood is that it has been difficult but extremely rewarding. Sometimes my children drive me crazy but not so much that I would leave them in a forest!! I have been obsessed with the story of the Japanese boy Yamato Tanooka, whose parents dropped him off on the roadside after he was playing up in the car and pretended to drive away. When they went back they couldn't find him and he ended up lost in a forest for six days. They were of course, deeply remorseful and hadn't intended to leave him there. The only pictures I can find of the child online are ones where he has a cheeky grin and is doing the V sign with his fingers. I think a lot about anonymising my own children when I paint them so thought the bear mask could be played around with in paintings about the Japanese 7-year-old as the forest he was lost in was home to bears.

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