作家・作品artist / artwork

title

巴御前91歳の肖像

Portrait of Tomoe Gozen at the age of 91

concept

巴は語り部として生きたのだと思います。
最期を共にすることを許さずに木曽へと引き返すことを命じた義仲の胸中には故郷の地で真実を語り続けてほしいとの想いがあったでしょう。
巴は91で生涯を終えるまで各地で語り続けたのではないでしょうか。蕩々と太平洋へと流れ下る木曽川の源流域に連なる山々、その姿が巴に重なって見えます。降り注ぐ雨を受け止め、言葉となって流れだし、やがて大きな物語として大海に注ぐ。巴は語り続ける女として今も木曽の地にいるのではないでしょうか。(モデルは日義在住の田屋タヘ子さん89歳)

I believe that Tomoe lived her life as a storyteller. In the heart of Yoshinaka, who ordered her to return to Kiso instead of allowing her to spend her last days with him, he must have wanted her to continue to tell the truth in her hometown. Tomoe must have continued to tell her story in various places until she ended her life at 91 years of age. The mountains that line the headwaters of the Kiso River, flowing prodigally down to the Pacific Ocean, seem to overlap with Tomoe. I imagine that Tomoe is still in Kiso as a woman who continues to tell her story.
(89-year-old TAYA Taeko, a resident of Hiyoshi, modeled for this painting.)

artist

岩熊力也/IWAKUMA Rikiya

Painter
Born in Tokyo in 1969, currently based in Kiso-cho, Nagano Prefecture. He has exhibited both in Japan and abroad, including paintings as afterimages, in which images are washed away with water, and installations in which new stories are spun and developed from fragments of history and legend. He explores the ideal form of pictorial expression in the social space of Japan.

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