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::The gocco kids line up to sing for their idol:: ©Andrea Innocent, 2012

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::Koala Girl:: ©Andrea Innocent, 2012

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::Don’t make fun of me just ’cause I’m different:: ©Andrea Innocent, 2012

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::Miss Starey:: ©Andrea Innocent, 2012

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::The Pencil Archer:: ©Andrea Innocent, 2012

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::The Children:: ©Andrea Innocent, 2012

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::Just wanna be your teddy bear:: ©Andrea Innocent, 2012

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::I’ve had goggies on my mind:: ©Andrea Innocent, 2012

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::The Spirit Animal Duplicator:: ©Andrea Innocent, 2012

New show!

‘The Hideout’.

‘It was so surprising to me that no one else had noticed the hideout before I discovered it that morning, so many people had walked by on their way to work and school.
What first caught my eye was the bright red colour of the pencil, which was extremely sharp and pointing right at me, it was then I suddenly realized
it was being held by a tiny archer in a hand made bow…’

Andrea Innocent 2012

at:

c3 Contemporary Art Space
Abbotsford Convent Foundation
1 St Heliers St. Abbotsford VIC 3067 Australia

Blog: www.c3artspace.blogspot.comI’ll be sitting the space on May 5th. Hope to see you there!

We’ve moved studio again! Same floor, different room. Third Time Lucky.

Along with Ghostpatrol and Miso we (we being Isobel KnowlesCatherine Campbell , Cat Rabbit and I) are having an Open Studio on December 10th. Lot’s of goodies to see and buy! Come on down and spread the word!

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HISSSSSS, MIAOOOWWW,GROWL.

The works above are ‘Kumi vs. Mina’, ‘Suki vs. Reiko’ and ‘Chibiko vs. Akemi’.

Six new biro and pencil drawings for Amalgamation will be on show at Compound Gallery in Portland, Oregon.
Showing alongside new work by Ryan Berkley, Aj Power, Bradley Delay, Eveline Tarunadjaja, Jaime Zollars, Kristopher Pollard and
Miyu Karaki.

Opening this coming Thursday July 7th!

The piece above “‘The time machine I made from a Renault 16 1974 and some other stuff I had lying around…” will be at the IA A3 show this weekend. Presented as part of the Northern Exposure Festival the show features open edition archival quality prints featuring the work of Illustrators Australia members – all available for $125 each, and all proceeds going to the artists. Come visit!

Northcote Town Hall, Rm 2, Ground Floor

High Street
Northcote, Australia
June 16th to 18th, 2011
or buy them online here….
Seeya!

Are you in LA? Do you know Gallery Nucleus? Do you like typography/illustration? Well, then what are you waiting for?

You can see my work (above) as well as the works of amazing talents such as Jessica Hische, Yellena and Jared Andrew Schorr.

 

Anyone who know me knows… I. LOVE. JAPAN.

As a committee member of Illustrators Australia I decided to do something to help those affected by the recent massive earthquake and tsunami that followed. Along the help of the wonderful secretary of IA, Jody Pratt, and other members, we organized an online auction (via Ebay) of members works. I would like to thank all members for their generous donations and urge everyone to take up the opportunity to browse the gallery and bid on them. Links go live Monday 28th of March at 12pm and are available to bid on for a week.

This really is a wonderful chance to purchase a great piece of work with the knowledge that 100% of the sales will be donated to Red Cross Australia’s Japan and Pacific Disaster Relief Fund 2011.

Ganbarre Japan!

::Chibi Obake Magenta:: (detail)

Had an interview with Kate Pearcy from The Book Show on ABC Radio National while I was in Sydney for the show ‘Love, Thieves and Fear make ghosts’. Kate did an amazing job putting it all together…. you can hear it here for a limited time.

The above image is a detail from the original which is almost two metres long.

Chibi Obake (ちびおばけ)

Chibi (ちび, can also be written 禿び​ [1]) is a Japanese word meaning “short person” or “small child.” The word has gained currency amongst fans of manga and anime. Its meaningis of someone or some animal that is small. It can be translated as “little,” but is not used the same way as chiisana (tiny, small, little in Japanese). A prototypical example of the former usage in the original Japanese which brought the term to the attention of Western fans is Chibiusa, a pet name for the diminutive daughter of Sailor Moon formed from Chibi Usagi (“Little Usagi”).[2]

In English-speaking anime fandom (otaku), the term chibi has mostly been conflated with the term super deformed or it can be used to describe child versions of characters.

The final two installments of my ghost tales are being posted here, final day of the show at The Japan Foundation Gallery in Sydney is tomorrow.::Hari Onago:: Listen to ABC Radio National tomorrow (July 3rd) for an interview with me about the show.

Harionago (Japanese: 針女子)

Also known as Harionna (Japanese: 針女), is a frightening female ghoul in Japanese mythology. Her name literally meaning “Barbed woman,” the Harionago is said to be a beautiful woman with extremely long hair tipped with thorn-like barbs. Her hair is under her direct control, and she uses it to ensare men. She is said to wander the roads of the Japanese prefecture of Ehime on the island of Shikoku, searching for victims.

When she finds a young man, she will laugh at him, and if the young man dares to laugh back, Harionago will drop her terrible, barbed hair and attack. A youth once escaped from this monster by closing the door to his house on her; her hooked hair left uncountable gashes in the wood. Fortunately for
him the door was not of the paper sliding variety.

::Kitsune::

Kitsune (きつね)

The fox (Kitsune), as with the Tanuki (racoon-dog) is a popular character in Japanese folklore and is often seen as a trickster, able to transform itself into human form, most often as young and beautiful women, and any children they bear will often have supernatural powers.

The tale of “Kuzunoha” tells the story of a young nobleman, Abe no Yasuna, who, on his way to visit a shrine in Shinoda, encounters a young military commissioner who is hunting foxes to obtain their livers for use as medicine. Yasuna battles the hunter and sets free the white fox he had trapped. Following this he meets a beautiful young women who tends to the wounds he sustained in the battle.
They return home together, fall in love and eventually marry. Later, she bears a child (a boy they call Seimei who grows up to be very clever). One day while Kuzunoha is distracted viewing the chrysanthemums in the garden her son catches a sight of the tip of her tail from beneath her kimono. Her secret is revealed, Kuzunoha departs to again live her life in the wild, leaving a farewell poem
which asks that her husband and son come to see her in the Shinoda Forest. Husband and son search for Kuzunoha and she appears to them in fox form, she tells them she is a kami (deific spirit) of Shinoda Shrine and she gives her son Seimei a gift, hoping he will one day come to comprehend the language of beasts.

Will be posting a couple more images, this time of my ‘Chibi Obake’ in the coming days!

Thanks for reading and make sure to add any ghost stories to the comments section.

Bake Neko or Neko Mata

Bakeneko or Neko mata (化け猫, “monster cat”, 猫又)

The bakeneko/nekomata is in Japanese folklore, a cat with supernatural abilities akin to those of the fox or raccoon dog. A cat may become a bakeneko in a number of ways: it may reach a certain age, be kept for a certain number of years, grow to a certain size, or be allowed to keep a long tail. In the last case, the tail forks in two and the bakeneko is then called a nekomata (猫又, ,猫叉, or 猫股 “forked cat”). This superstition may have some connection to the breeding of the Japanese Bobtail.

A bakeneko will haunt any household it is kept in, creating ghostly fireballs, menacing sleepers, walking on its hind legs, changing its shape into that of a human, and even devouring its own mistress in order to shapeshift and take her place. When it is finally killed, its body may be as much as five feet in length. It also poses a danger if allowed into a room with a fresh corpse; a cat is believed to be capable of reanimating a body by jumping over it.

In Japanese folklore, any cat that lives over thirteen years old, reaches one kan (eight pounds) in weight or is allowed to keep a long tail can become a bake-neko ( 化け猫 ) or Ghost Cat (Addis 2001). A bake-neko is a cat that gains paranormal powers after certain circumstances. They also have the ability to eat (bigger or smaller) anything in its way, no matter what it is. Poison is its main food, for example, a certain type of snake (unknown to man). It is rare to see people with a ‘bake-neko’ though some people have been known to see it. The breeding of the Japanese Bobtail may have some connection with this superstition. After a bake-neko tail grows long enough it forks into two tails, then the bake-neko is no longer called a bake-neko, but a neko-mata. Other forms of bake-neko are Maneki-neko (Addis 2001). Most of the stories about the bake-neko are told orally in Japan.

Kuchisake Onna

Kuchisake Onna ((口裂け女, Split-mouthed woman)

The basics of the kuchisake onna have been told in the tea house: She was a vain woman married to a samurai (in some accounts, a ninja) who distrusted her. Believing she was cheating on him, he slices her mouth open at the sides–splitting her face open from ear to ear. She wanders, hiding her mouth behind a fan, the sleeve of a kimono, a stole, or the surgical-style masks now worn in cold and allergy seasons in Japan. She asks someone “watashi, kirei?” (Do you think I’m beautiful?). The answer is usually a resounding “yes” due to her otherworldly beauty, but then she exposes her face and repeats the question; her otherworldly beauty giving way to otherworldly horror. If the person says or does anything besides saying “yes”, she pursues him with a kama (sickle) or knife and replies “I want to do for you what has been done to me.” She can’t be outrun, and eventually slices her victim’s mouth open ear to ear. Women killed in this fashion return as kuchisake onna themselves. In some accounts she is said to run lightning fast, in others she “floats” (due to a famous ukiyo-e artist in the Edo period always painting ghosts with no feet, it was generally regarded by many Japanese that all ghosts had no feet–nothing to “truly link” them to the material world). She has appeared in picture scrolls of yokai and demons as early as the Edo period She was eventually “forgotten” as the Japanese entered the modern age and built a war machine, and then recovered to form an economic giant, but kuchisake onna returned with a vengeance in late 1979. In late 1979 and even into the early 80s, there were many sightings of kuchisake onna. The urban legend probably grew from an actual attack against a child.

During the seventies, the urban legend went that if the victim answers “You’re average”, they are saved. When the urban legend was revived around 2000, the answer that would save you was changed to “so-so,” with the change that this answer causes the kuchisake-onna to think about what to do, and her victim can escape while she is in thought. Another way to escape while the Kuchisake-Onna is distracted is to throw candy or other sweets at her. One other way is to ask her if you are pretty. She will get confused and leave.

The kuchisake onna from the 70s and 80s attack only children, and they attack regardless of whether the answer to her second question is “yes.”

….. still waiting;-)

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