Medium: Edition print on paper
Size: 27.8 x 38.9 cm
With ‘Kazuko’ I returned to a pose that was turning away from the viewer. I wanted to create an image that echoed my very first print in the ‘Art of the Floating Planet’ series ‘Kukiko’ – using a similar palette. I also continued playing around with space in the background with a floating screen to the left of the figure. The strange use of space in original Ukiyo-e woodblock prints has always been something that fascinated me and a weird way seems very modern. The image of the monkey about to be swallowed by the snake on her back is taken from drawings I made of ‘Netsuke’. Netsuke are incredible miniature sculptures that also served a practical purpose -they were used to attach a medicine box, pipe, or tobacco pouch to the obi (sash) of a Japanese man’s traditional dress. I’d recommend anyone to check out the incredible collection of Netsuke in the Victoria & Albert museum in London. I’ve whiled away many an hour drawing these beautiful tiny little sculptures.