210 X 262 X 8 cm
Acrylic on canvas. Framed
Kaiten Return to the sky.
The metaphysical transformation of the Koi breeder. The image of the Kaiten represents the ultimate sacrifice a man can make for his country. To give his life with honour in service to his country. Piloted by a Koi breeder this Kaiten is transforming into Koi, the fish that he loved the most and which will give him the strength to fulfil his mission. In Japan, the koi is associated with perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose. Because of its strength and determination to overcome obstacles, it stands for courage and the ability to attain high goals. Longevity, love and transformation are also associated with the Koi and these represent the future for Japan. The lotus flower floating away from the Kaiten represents the moving away from violence to a more peaceful philosophy of existence. The large No 5 symbolises the conceptual framework known as the Godai, or, the Five Elements of Void/Sky/Ether/Power, Wind/Air, Fire, Water and Earth from which everything in the universe is perceived to be a manifestation of these five great elemental ‘building blocks’.
The Artists interpretation of the piece is the metaphysical transformation of war and peace. As the Kaiten heads towards its inevitable end it transforms in to peace and love, the overpowering conspectus of the pilot. Living a peaceful, harmonious life, he only wishes to return to that way of life. Rising above the transformation is the pink lotus, spreading it roots across the Kaiten, symbolising the hope that out of all the death and pain peace will come and from that a clearer understanding of man’s interaction with man. That war only leads to loss and anger and regret. The 3 rings are interpreted as a broadcast to the world to live in harmony.