Mother, in Her Dream
At the end of last year, my maternal grandmother suddenly passed away. My uncle who was chief mourner excluded me from attending the funeral, viewing my lack of a proper career as a bad look.
My mind in disarray, I drew a portrait of my deceased grandmother with all my might and stepped into the funeral home.
A few months later now, the picture is in my mother's bedroom in my parent's home. I darkened the room and took a photograph of my grandmother's portrait from where my mother wakes up every morning in bed.
Right after my grandfather died when I was young, my mother was taking a nap, sleep talking and having a conversation with him as if she were groaning. This year marks my grandmother's first Hatsubon, or first Obon (Festival of the Dead).
(Written in early summer of 2014)
This piece was created for the online exhibition “Yureigaten 2014” (Images of Ghosts 2014) held from August 13, 2014 onwards. I developed the work to be viewed with a PC monitor or smartphone.
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