Shinnen (New Year)

Shinnen (New Year), Oil on Canvas, 20″ x 20″.

I named this painting “Shinnen” (Japanese for “New Year”),  not only because it’s my first still life of 2012 but also because the white bowl and clementines remind me of the Japanese New Year decoration “kagami mochi,” which consists of 2 white rice cakes with an orange on top. In this decoration, the orange, or “daidai,”  symbolizes continuity of the family and long life. Speaking of family and long life, my dad passed away in 2011 at the age of 86. His passing is represented by the clementine rind (the shell of his body) that is left on the table in my painting. The sake bottle, which I found at the Junk Shop of Canton, CT, also contributes to this quiet, private celebration that is not without a bit of melancholy.

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~ by aaroncaycedokimura on February 25, 2012.

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