LC: ACG - Arts & Sciences, Sociology Department, Office #501
CM: Nikos Tsarouhas painted Oshidori (Mallards) in a spirit of emulation of Lafcadio Hearn's unparalleled love for the exotic. Founded on a genuine respect for nature, Japan lodged a strong attraction to the romantic Lafcadio. With his tales Lafcadio managed to focus his attention on nature and to see it anew. Likewise, Tsarouhas gives new dimension to the tale of the Oshidori, the anonymous birds that were immortalized by the pen of Lafcadio. According to the story, a falconer hunter saw in a lake a couple Oshidori. From his great hunger, he killed one Oshidori to feed and let the other orphan. The Japanese tradition maintains that it is very bad luck to hunt Oshidori. Here, that the painting focuses on the couple of Lafcadio's legendary Oshidori, the murder takes place suddenly, almost without the victim realizing so. The male Oshidori is mortally wounded, but at the same time his attitude brings out a pride for its position in tradition. The female on the other hand does not seem to have realized yet the incident, but strangely expresses sadness for what already happened. The way that Tsarouhas painted the present work does not really relate to Japanese painting, nor does it accurately illustrate the story. His work metaphysically captures many conceptual moments at once. It is worth noting that Lafcadio had the power to bring stories to life in the minds of his readers. The tale of Oshidori is a simple one and refers to the beauty of these birds - especially the males - which is mainly due to the color and texture of their feathers. Tsarouhas describes this beauty with his brush. The bright colors that he uses reflect the pure and effortless sincerity, which - the artist claims - can go to indescribable and incredible depths.
[Megakles Rogakos 10/2009]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn 2009 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens