Effigies of ghosts, monsters spook visitors in Okayama
Not for the faint of heart, a special exhibition of ghost and monster effigies being held at a museum in Okayama Prefecture, Japan is a case of high-brow art meeting low-brow artisanship.
On display at the "Setouchi Obake Geijutsu-sai", hosted by the Setouchi City Museum of Art in the Ushimado-cho of this western city, are works by Taishi Takemoto, a sculptor of monsters, and by Ichio Nakata, an artisan of haunted house dolls.
The exhibition is spotlighting artists whose cultural backgrounds and artistic styles couldn’t be more different.
Nakata, 91, who resides in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, has spent about 80 years making dolls of ghosts for use at haunted houses, with inspiration drawn from pictures of ghosts, including ukiyo-e woodblock prints.