Artist Project Statement: I restricted my choice of subject matter to a collection of vinyl Japanese movie monsters, or怪怪(“kaiju”, “weird beasts”) and applied an array of techniques, things that I wanted to try, from a long list of notes and sketches. I photographed and sketched these kaiju in simple front, profile and three-quarter poses and then used the results as subjects of experiments in style and media.
Since starting to collect vinyl figures in Japan in 1992, I have always loved these kaiju for how they hang on so tenaciously to their “monsterness” despite being so far removed from the original concept dreamed up by a screenwriter. Originally forced through the requirements of a movie costume maker, then through the limits of cheap, vinyl toy manufacturing, I strip them further of their original intentions and use them today as blank subjects for my own expression and investigation.
Yet they still retain their weird beastliness.
Gatanozoa, felt-pen & paper, 35.5 x 40.5cm, Keith Ikeda-Barry, 30 Days Project 2011: Day 18
Takkongu, Ink, watercolour, 35.5 x 51cm, Keith Ikeda-Barry, 30 Days Project 2011: Day 16