Taiya no Tatsujin, 2014

Wood, acrylic, plexiglas, Mylar, cotton rope, F1 tire scraps, inkjet print on transparency and paper, custom float pen.

'Taiya no Tatsujin' is the self-proclaimed Yuru-chara of the future project 'Vision Quest-Lundi: FLUSH/FLOOD'. He is part F1 tire, part drum and part toy. His name comes from the popular Japanese video game Taiko no Tatsujin. This piece goes with the loose Japanese aesthetic of Kawaii culture and souvenirs that substantiate a narrative on merchandise alone. The pen sitting above the frame is custom made and the tire scraps were collected from a Formula 1 race. These souvenirs walk a line between art and commodity as the time it takes to fabricate something often increases its value.