This series deals with fables or what is now commonly referred as urban legends. I am particularly intrigued by the fact that a legend is an uncensored reflections of our desires, fears, expectations or curiosity. Like the anonymity of an Internet message board, that of urban legend reveals people's true thoughts about sensitive topics including sex, death, religion and so called politically incorrect matters.
A legend tends to be altered every time a person tells it to another, as in the game of "pass along." A legend always allows a storyteller to put his or her feelings and opinions into it. Regardless of whether a story is based on a real event or is fiction, a tale grows into a legend that reflects our voices. I aim to visualize my interpretations of tales and explore our fascination with these urban legends.
Santa Cross (2005) Yoshio Itagaki
Legend: A Japanese department store once created a Christmas display featuring Santa Claus nailed to a cross.
Tampon Tea Bag (2005) Yoshio Itagaki
Legend: Tea made from tampon is a nutritious supplement.
Antoinette's Breasts (2005) Yoshio Itagaki
Legend: Champagne glasses were modeled on Marie Antoinette's breasts.