“鏡の中の小さな影を抱きしめる” (Kagami no naka no chiisana kage o dakishimeru)
“Embrace the little shadow in the mirror”
The exhibit “Narcissistic World” invites you to delve into a captivating journey of self-reflection. With the poignant message of “Embrace the little shadow in the mirror” beautifully captured in stunning photography and 3D art by Kerupa Flow, this immersive experience at the Bamboo Gallery in Akiniwa, The Akipelago, is not to be missed.
In a world where everyone seems to be obsessed with themselves and their own image, it can be hard to find authenticity and genuine connections. The Narcissistic World is a term used to describe this phenomenon, where people are more concerned with presenting a perfect image of themselves to the world, rather than being true to who they really are.
The exhibit invites visitors to explore their own shadows and insecurities, to reject the facade of the perfect, narcissistic world that is often presented to us. Through her work, Kerupa Flow encourages us to embrace the imperfections that make us who we are, to find beauty in our flaws, and to connect with others on a deeper, more authentic level.
One of the artists featured in the exhibit is Bamboo Barnes, whose work is deeply personal and driven by her passion for art. In a previous interview, Bamboo shared that her inspiration comes from her chaotic memories, both the ones she had and the ones she didn’t. She creates without any plans, choosing objects that make her feel something different than usual, and letting the images flow until she sees something new in them. Her work is about the pain, loneliness, and expectations that she never should have had, but which sink down to the bottom of her heart and never drift away.
Bamboo’s artistic process is unique in that she doesn’t think about how her work will look when shown to others. She just wants to create something, without any ideas or plans. Even when she is satisfied with the product, the feeling of happiness disappears immediately, replaced by the worry about the next job and the impatience and stress of making something a little better. Despite this, Bamboo continues to fight in the gray mayhem, hoping that one day a small spark will turn into a great light to create something that will still look great a year later.
For Bamboo, art is like the air, searching for it to make her alive. Her work expresses her feelings, drawing us into her world and taking us on a journey to new undiscovered worlds. Although her art is deeply personal and influenced by her own experiences, Bamboo hopes that the colors and compositions in her work make sense to us too, and that they will remain in our memories.
In a world where everyone is trying to be something they’re not, where perfection is prized above authenticity, the Narcissistic World can be overwhelming. But artists like Kerupa Flow and Bamboo Barnes remind us that there is beauty in imperfection, that our flaws make us unique and valuable, and that by embracing our shadows and insecurities, we can connect with others on a deeper level. So let us all embrace the little shadow in the mirror, and celebrate the beauty of our imperfect selves.
Allow me to introduce the stunning photography presented at the exhibition.
Firstly, we have “Breath,” a series of captivating photographs that capture the essence of life through its subjects’ breath. The photographer has beautifully captured the intimate moment when one takes a deep breath, evoking a sense of tranquility and serenity.
Next, we have “October Sun,” a series of photos taken during the golden hour of autumn. The play of light and shadow in these photos creates a mesmerizing effect that is sure to leave the viewer spellbound.
Moving on, we have “Red Rain 2017,” a collection of photos taken during a rainstorm, where the photographer has managed to capture the beauty of the red raindrops falling from the sky, adding a touch of drama and mystique.
The exhibition also features “Secret Garden,” a series of photographs that transport the viewer into a world of enchantment and mystery. These images showcase the photographer’s keen eye for detail and composition, capturing the essence of a hidden garden in all its beauty.
Finally, we have “The Hollow,” a collection of photos that explores the raw beauty of nature. The photographer has captured the essence of a hollow tree in all its glory, revealing the intricate details and textures of its bark and wood.
“If my art lets someone start to think differently, yes…” – Bamboo Barnes
Discover the impact that art can have on the way we perceive the world.
We hope you enjoy this incredible display of photography and 3D art by Kerupa Flow, and that it inspires you to see the world in a whole new light. Visit Bamboo Barnes Gallery in Akiniwa – The Akipelago.