Astonishing Goldfish Resin Artist: Riusuke Fukahori
When you see the works of Riusuke Fukahori, you get an impression that genuine goldfish have been incased in glass.
Riuske resigned from a display production company so that he could work on his art in earnest. However, at one point he fell into a slump. One day he said to himself, “Well, I should quit making art!” In his blog he wrote:
After 5 years had passed since I graduated from an art university, despite working hard to achieve my dream of becoming an artist, I was confronted with anxiety about the future and the gap between my ideal and reality. As a result, I lost confidence and suffered from profound despair.
I was exhausted from the mental distress and lay down on my bed. And then, by chance, I noticed a small fish tank beside the bed.
In the fish tank was a Wakin Goldfish, which I brought back from a Kingyo Sukui (Goldfish Scooping) stall at a summer festival seven years ago. Its name was Kim-pin, female.
I didn’t take a good care of her and the water was unclean with the fish droppings. However, she was thriving in the tank and I hadn’t even noticed that she had grown to a length of 20 cm.
I lifted the lid of the tank and looked at her from above.
At the moment, I felt a thrill shiver up my spine.
In the dirty water, her shiny red back was mysterious and extremely beautiful.
“I’m sure she will save me,” I told myself.
I took out some red paint and painted a picture of her figure.
Fun! Fun! It’s so much fun!
A moment later, there was a large shoal of goldfish in front of me.
This was it!
This was the answer that I had been looking for, and I didn’t find it in Europe or America, but I found it in my very own room.
Back then, I didn’t know why I was so attracted to goldfish but I felt as if I had found a ray of light in the darkness of my mind.
I call that day’s event “Kingyo Sukui (Goldfish Salvation)” and I value the memory.
Here are some photos of his work.
“Goldfish Salvation” Riusuke Fukahori