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Artist Erik Kaye
Funabashi, , Japan
“Devil Girl,” is from an on-going series of group figures, in which the outlines between people are blurred to suggest the ambiance of their interactions. Painting this was a joy. At the big annual cherry blossom gathering in Yoyogi Park in Tokyo, 2006, a local band set up on one of the bandstands, and was thronged by young people, Kos-play (Costume-Play) folk, and shady-looking dudes like the guy offering me the marijuana cigarette in the foreground. I was shooting away at the dancers and drinkers with my camera when suddenly this Devil Girl, dressed all in red covered with skulls and cross-bones, stood up angrily to block my view. The painting shows her attacking me psychically. My drive to paint this was always non-verbal and sub-conscious– was it an act of defiance?
There are dozens of techniques used in the service of this picture; transparent solid objects, forced perspective, exaggerated and muted colors, mica-flaked paints, un-painted negative space, and the alternating contours of color on D.G.’s face. I guess the Devil Girl unleashed MY Devil.
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