“Wouldn’t it be worthwhile to… observe that flowers are blooming, the wind is blowing…” Michio Hoshino’s words are quoted next to the picture “In the Rain Forest”. In the museum, the picture stood out to me because it had such a calming effect. (There was also the fact that in the dead of winter, I hadn’t seen so much greenery in a while.) The lush forest contrasted with the white, almost sterile quality of the museum. Everything looked so peaceful yet mysterious. And so, for my project I chose to explore the concept of forest and innocence (and perhaps the loss of it). Looking at the picture, the forest seemed tame but I also imagined a sense of danger lurking behind the foliage.
In stories, forests are usually portrayed like so. They usually represented an unknown risk, a trial to the protagonists. While many fairytales apply in this sense, Little Red Riding Hood came to mind. I want to explore the symbolism and meaning behind the story. I became interested because various fields have different interpretations on it such as anthropology and Norse mythology. When I was doing a little research, I realized that there is so much behind what seems like “innocent” stories. As the saying goes, “There is more than meets the eye.” For example, I read that the Red Riding Hood story could represent the sun and moon, balancing between night and daybreak.
From what I gather, fairytales tend to sum up a bigger picture between people. They simplify complex situations that apply to most of us. Behind the magic and fantasy lies the stark truth. Thus, I think that it will be interesting for others to read my future project. A familiar story would perhaps be easier to follow but hopefully, my retelling would provide a fresh perspective.