Not all of your work uses anime; you have many different types of series. Some of your figure and portrait paintings feature only the human body, some of them introduce background elements that create a story. Do you have a specific story or theme in mind when creating these pieces or do you rely on the audience to create the story, such as in “Truth”
The piece you refer to is probably the most specific I’ve tried, in the sense that I integrated many symbols, both classic and personal, to get across this “coming of age” moment. The older woman references the figure of “truth” in Corbert’s “The Artist in his Studio,” a symbol of both experience, world weariness, and a tender wistfulness. The large painting of the male nude in the background represents “naked truth” if you will, as opposed to a romantic heroic fantasy. Symbols for virginity, temptation, knowledge, and youthful angst and exuberance abound. I was a bit amused to find people at an exhibition completely misinterpreting what I thought was a too obvious message. The preconceptions of the viewer indeed!