Isana Yamada, Samsara, glowing whales, Japanese whales, ocean scenes, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tsukumogami

Yamada’s translucent whale series was developed as a post-graduate project at the Tokyo University of the Arts. As well as a nod to the concept of ‘Samsara’, the project celebrates the traditional belief known as Tsukumogami, wherein long-lived animals (like whales) possess spirits and gods.

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Isana Yamada, Samsara, glowing whales, Japanese whales, ocean scenes, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tsukumogami

Made from translucent resin complete with interesting smoky patterns, the whales sit on a thin pole – as though they are floating, and shine from within. The glow unveils various objects in their bellies, such as a submarine, a volcano, a sunken boat, sand and a sea of clouds.

Isana Yamada’s ‘Samsara’ will be on show at the Artcomplex Center of Tokyo in Japan from March 1-6, 2016.

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