Agaric_70x55 cm_Mixed Media on Canvas_,2016
The "Food Socks" series is a group of pictures where food ingredients are completely stuffed into character socks.
The ingredients represent the parent's interests and love for their children, while the socks figuratively illustrate a growing child.
While we prepare and cook ingredients as a delicious meal, in the picture, these ingredients are stuffed raw into the socks to the point of nearly bursting at the seams. Each pair of socks shows different faces and expressions, depending on the ingredients in the socks. The socks are seen as ridiculous figures, reflecting our own absurdities.
A variety of characters with wacky expressions are printed on the ingredient-filled socks. These represent caricatures, such as the disappointing experience of not receiving a gift from Santa Claus on Christmas, which tells us this isn't really a gift.
'Eat' is the most basic and essential act of life. To eat one meal, one has to follow a process. One process is that of cooking. The other is that of tasting. With the "Food Socks", I want to contrast parents' feeling of concern and love for their children with the children's feeling of growth and learning. These images on the socks full of ingredients are caricatures of parent's excessive love for their children, which may become misguided and lead to unexpected consequences.
Due to my studies, I lived apart from my family, and I struggled mentally and physically. At that time, my parents cooked for me. From this, I could regain not only my health but also my relationship with my family. Based on my experiences, I started this food series. At first, I thought people eat to live. So initially the food series expressed the act of eating as a brutal struggle for survival. As I went through this process, I then began to think that while humans eat to live, they also want to eat better tasting food. That's a basic human desire. Therefore, through this exhibition, I hope that we reflect on and appreciate the three meals a day that we can enjoy.