Studio Assignment 3
My goal for this triptych was to portray fear through the works of Junji Ito, the famous horror artist and writer. I decided to focus on three of his more well known works, being Uzamaki, Gyo and Tomie. The first features the rotting carcass of a shark, inspired by Gyo which revolves around a town invaded by a foul stench of death eminating from the ocean only to be invaded by Biomechanical fish. The second image is based upon Uzamaki, a novel in which a town becomes obsessed with spirals, in one scene a man makes the horrific transformation between man and snail which I decided to concentrate on for the piece. The last image is based on Ito’s more well known series Tomei. It follows the story of the mythical seductress known as the Tomei, as she lures men into her trap only to corrupt their lives to the point of homicidal rage. The Tomei cannot die and can even multiply into more Tomei. Here sits her disembodied face on a pillow as she regenerates.
Junji Ito’s work is bizarre and incredibly strange, but the themes of horror and fear are crafted carefully andplay on our ideas of lust, obsession and fear of the unknown.