Talismans from Yokai

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Ghosts and monsters have always scared me, since I started watching horror movies as a kid. I still remember the chill running down my spine as I walked back home in the dark, late in the evening, after a show.
This childish fear left me when I moved abroad. I thought that Japanese ghosts are not allowed outside national barriers. So now that I live abroad I feel safe. The absence of fear got me thinking. Where do these ghost come from? Why has the human mind given them life?
Trying to find an answer, I started to draw and represent those monsters (called Yokai) that, though they don’t explain thoroughly their origin, nevertheless prove how easy it is to reach people’s imagination. And to make things more difficult I used parts of my own body (in photos of course) without doubt familiar to me, to illustrate what I was afraid of and to exorcise my fears definitely.
Ghosts and monsters have always scared me, since I started watching horror movies as a kid. I still remember the chill running down my spine as I walked back home in the dark, late in the evening, after a show.
This childish fear left me when I moved abroad. I thought that Japanese ghosts are not allowed outside national barriers. So now that I live abroad I feel safe. The absence of fear got me thinking. Where do these ghost come from? Why has the human mind given them life?
Trying to find an answer, I started to draw and represent those monsters (called Yokai) that, though they don’t explain thoroughly their origin, nevertheless prove how easy it is to reach people’s imagination. And to make things more difficult I used parts of my own body (in photos of course) without doubt familiar to me, to illustrate what I was afraid of and to exorcise my fears definitely.