Transparent watercolor on paper. Piece is framed.
Artwork measures 5.75 x 9 inches, 8.75 x 10.75 framed.
Scroll down to read a bit about the artist's inspiration
This piece is part of the group exhibition Yokai: An Art Exhibition of Folklore & Fables at Giant Robot Store running from July 10th, 2021 - August 6th, 2021.
In-Person Viewing is now available at Giant Robot Store, Saturdays - Sundays 12:00 pm - 6:00pm.
"According to a Vietnamese folktale, there were two identical twin brothers, named Tan (eldest) and Lang (youngest) who loved and cared for each other after their parents had died. Soon, Tan ended up marrying. But over time, Tan was so involved with his marriage, he had forgotten all about his little brother.
When the two brothers were out working in the fields, Lang was drenched in water. Worried that his little brother would catch a cold, Tan gave the shirt on his back to Lang and told him to go home. But when Lang walked back home, he started to develop a fever. Tan’s wife, thinking this was her husband, tended to his illness and brought him over to lay down. When Tan returned home, he unknowingly assumed the affection between his wife and Lang. In a fit of rage, he darted outside. Afterwards, Lang went out looking for his older brother, needing to clarify the situation. Feeling exhausted, he found himself sitting next to a river and started sobbing in dismay. He passed away and was transformed into a limestone.
After coming to his senses, Tan returned home, and his wife explained the misunderstanding. Upon ths realization, he searched for his little brother. He soon saw a huge stone laying next to the river and instantly knew that it was Lang. Devastated, he went over to the stone. He cried immensely and passed away, turning into an Areca palm."