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Bancho Sarayashiki

Bancho Sarayashiki

This image was part of a collection of drawings based on the Japanese ghost story; 'Bancho Sarayashiki'. An old tale in which a young maid was trapped in a well as a ghost after being thrown down it by her master samurai.

I based a collection of drawings on this story, depicting small elements and details in a disjointed narrative. This piece focuses on the ghost figure and the idea of presence; her soul surrounding the landscape she once inhabited as a human. Themes of life, death and fragility are evident in the collection.