Creation As an Ikon
by Ken-ichi Murata
When I was ten years old, I came to realize that gthe human will die
somedayh. And I got so afraid of death that I could not get out of my
house at all. Since then I got anxiety neurosis and have been living with
it. Therefore, this disease has influenced my life. And the consciousness
of death which I always have influences my creation a lot. Then I will
tell you how they influence my works.
With the action of binding, I can express gCaptivity by othersh and can
also express gSelf Captivity in mindh. And those expressions also reflect
the condition that all my life was bound to my obsession due to neurosis.
There is a photograph that a rubber hose comes out of a girlfs vagina.
The hose can be taken as a penis and also be taken as a umbilical cord.
In that photograph, the girl, nourished by being connected with something,
is sleeping. And her face is quite easy. In my image, the girl is like
a peacefully sleeping fetus, and, as it were, a princess in the tale gThe
With such imagination, I derive erotic stories from fairy tales and classic
literature, and by my interpretation, I remake the stories. And with my
obsession, I develop the stories further to be unique.
So my photographs are shot like illustrations of fairy tales. Because
this edition by Edition Reuss is fragmentary, the series of photos do
not seem like a fairy tale. But, for instance, my works including scatology
were made from one of the tales of Japanese aincient matters (gKojikih).
In the story, there was a goddess who raised vegetables or crops by releasing
her piss or shits. I created those of my works according to the story.
When I started creating the series, the theme was always gdeath and
re-birthh. And in the basic stories of those of my works, there are two
types ; ga girl wandered around the different world and got raped by monsters.
But she released herself stronglyh or gAnd then she got assimilated to
the different world or monsters and ended up rotting away.h
Most of such different world and those monsters in my works are metaphor
of death. Or they implicitly express disability of models. It is the same
of the story of gThe Sleeping Beautyh that the wicked witch made the princess
sleep in brambles and the princess was finally reborn. But in my works,
there is a story that the princess got taken in brambles and finally assimilated
Repeating those photographic shootings, I gradually got familiar with
death and now I got a harmony agreement with it. This may have been due
to the fact that I take eros for a primitive religion. So I add a kind
of magical story to the modelsf eros held in the garret, and fix it on
the developing paper, and regard it as my own gIkonh.
This is my new way of relationship with death because I do not have any