Made by Benjamin Mesa
The kitsune is a fox-spirit in Japanese myth that is rather complex. A white or black kitsune is said to be a positive omen, while a red is said to be devilish, and a trouble-maker. They typically tend to take the forms of beautiful women to fool men. They also have some androgynous characteristics. I decided to play with all these themes here. The work is comprised of a base of newspaper adds, (the plastic kind), with about 12 layers of rice paper on top. This was then sanded a little and painted with 6 layers of various acrylic paints. The final product is water-proof and very durable. The ears and snout are created from DAS air-dry clay that has been hollowed. They are built on an armature of cardboard.