発表;2002/1 東京藝術大学学生会館ギャラリー
サイズ;H850 W5000 D3000





作品モデル; 金田マービン(上)制作協力; 東京都立城北特別支援学校


   The title “RUIKAN-MAHOU” is a kind of magic attempting to manipulate the reality by simulating or imitating the reality. An example is that, in a drought year when the yield of crops is expected to be poor, people sprinkle water, hoping that it will rain.

   In 2001, I met Marvin Kaneda, a junior-high-school boy at Tokyo Metropolitan Jouhoku School for Special Needs Education. He was orthopedically-impaired as a result of cerebral palsy. I decided to view this work as sympathetic magic to hope for his independence. What concerns the parents of handicapped children the most is whether their children can live in comfort after their death. Many parents wish to leave brothers, before passing away, on whom the handicapped children can depend. “His independence” in this work has two meanings: to wish that Marvin will be able to walk without difficulty and independent in future. One of the wishes that were put under magic has come true earlier than expected; after the work was released, he had an operation and became able to walk without the braces. When he was cooperating with me as a model of the work, he had extreme difficulty in walking without wearing leg braces; he put his weight on the top half of the soles of his feet and tried to make a balance with permanently bent knees to hobble pigeon-toed.

   The work comprises four scenes: “a scene where he stands still with leg braces on”, “a scene where he liberates his feet from the braces”, “a scene where he falls over” and “a scene where he gets up again and advances”. The bowl-shaped bottom of the bases represents his unstable footsteps, and the wave patterns on the surface represent puddles on the ground, each expressing each of the four scenes from heavy rain to fine weather after the heavy rain. The leg braces that he has used are added in as part of the work, and the bases are embossed with his actual footprints where the toe prints are visible at close range to pursue the reality of walking of an orthopedically-impaired boy.