Fork and Knife
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Artist Erik Kaye
This octopus was bought in a Japanese grocery store in a package, but I was inspired to paint it without it; it didn’t seem to want to be confined to a square of Styrofoam. It looks alive. Octopi are steamed for preservation before they are packaged and that enhances the rich red coloring.
Here, I wanted to contrast the Japanese and American dispositions toward the world’s smartest invertebrate. While the Japanese view octopi as attractive and savory, we view them as disgusting and alien. As an abstraction, these creatures are gorgeous.
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