This is a painting of a human holding a fox with its body created with rice. Rice is a plant that has been develop over and over to be convenient for people to eat from a very long time in the history. Now it will not be able to grow well without human, and this story gave an inspiration to Uno Koike to create this work. The scary-looking facial expression of a fox is expressing whether if its coexistence or used by people. The snake-like scales wrapped around this person an image of how water is necessary to grow.
Uno Koike paints fictional, dreamy scenes that evoke a story in the viewer's mind as if they are looking at a page of a picture book. She hopes that her art will allow her viewers to momentarily break away from reality, being able to imagine playing in her painting’s fictional world and creating their own story. All of her paintings have one thing in common – they all depict an imaginary world that is both warm and scary. She came to develop her current painting style after deciding to draw something only she could draw – her inner spiritual world.
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