Exhibition - AC Gallery Los Angeles August 3 - August 31, 2019 Miami November 2 - December 8, 2019
Materials - Electroformed 24 karat pure gold, flawless white marque diamonds, sea pearls.
Details - (Limited Edition 10 Only) Pure gold octopus dildo with marquise diamond set eyes and natural pearl set coral shaft. This unique art piece is symbolic of a popular Japanese sexual fantasy known as tentacle erotica.
Artists Inspiration - The influence to create this special piece came from revered Japanese artist Hokusai through his inspirational Shunga wood block print titled "The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife" depicting two octopuses making love to a Japanese ama diver. This unique print is very well known and has spurred a culture within Japanese society known as tentacle erotica. Having spent a great deal of my time in Japan, I was fascinated by this concept and how popular it is within Japanese sexual fantasy. A number of erotic movies have been made on the subject and its often seen in various forms of print including popular Japanese manga. I wanted to design a piece that would capture the cultural value of this famous Hokusai print and its enormous popularity within Japan. My idea was to create elements in the design directly reflective of Hokusai's original work blending in harmony with my own style. The large octopus in Hokusai's print is represented at the head of the dildo with the coral shaft representing the fossilized remains of the ama diver and the pearls her catch. The jelly fish tip represents the small octopus while the diamond eyes in the large octopus represent the jewels of the feared Sea Dragon. According to a popular Japanese story Tamatori the ama diver would steal jewels from the feared Sea Dragon to protect the Emperor and sow them into her breast in sacrifice. The Octopuses are among the protectors of the Sea Dragon and their sexual liaison with the ama diver in Hokusai's work would have been seen in Edo times as consensual, however it was often depicted differently by western art collectors.Colin Burn
Photography by Chris Benson and Aaron McPolin all rights reserved.