Kumiko S. McKee - Koto

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Japanese Women
Oil Painting on Masonite
112 x 48 inches
Stylized Realism / Symbolism

Japanese Women are a Tetraptych Painting and I used four Japanese women as subjects from four different generations. Each woman has a different expression on her face and they are holding the Noh masks with different manner. Individually they represent Innocent, Jealousy, Anxiety, and Enlightenment. Emotions are intangible and lurk deep inside of humans. Sometimes they show up on the surface but other times they hide within us. I substituted these intangible feelings with the masks, which have symbolic meanings to represent the feelings.