The Hour of the Ox

This gouache piece was created for Light Grey Art Lab’s show, Midnight. Prints available here.

I don’t dream. When I do, they last for a moment while I wake and then disappear. The Japanese have a myth of the Baku, a chimera-esque yokai (spirit) that eats your nightmares so you don’t have to live with the memory.  A society’s mythology can manifest a cultural subconscious in the same way that dreams reveal the inner mind of an individual; both reveal things we things we fear as well as things that we may not know that we fear. These four yokai emerge at night: most present during the Hour of the Ox, the hour where the barrier between the spirit world and human world is the thinnest, when there is little difference between what is real and what is our imaginations.