Papagena / The Magic Flute - Art Attack SF

Papagena / The Magic Flute

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Harumo Sato

Papagena / The Magic Flute, 
Sumi Ink, Oil Pastel, & Acrylic on Canvas
24 x 18 x 1 in

Signed & Dated on Back


My latest series "Puku Puku Bubbles" encourages viewers to embrace each moment and every day in order to live with passion and peace. As a Japanese daughter of Ancient Greek and Phoenicia origins, I grew up amongst two different culturesMediterranean and Japanese. This series is inspired by their regional depictions of the Phoenician goddess Tanit and Japanese Dogu (meaning earthen figurines). I admire these simplistic figures for their whimsical ambiance. I believe dynamism is the key to harmony and embraced this concept in my paintings by utilizing both water-based Sumi ink and oil-based pastels on on canvas.

In Papagena/ The Magic Flute, Papageno seeks true love with his friend, Tamino. After a long journey and a lot of mistakes, Papageno finally found his true love with Papagena—who was helping to guide him through his journey while pretending to be an old lady. In this tale, I think Papagena is more mature than her counterpart and learns to accept Papageno's imperfections. The painting is about the joy of finding true love!