For the 8th “Artist in Hotel Project” where an entire room is decorated by an artist, during about 1 1/2 months from 4th June to 22nd July, the artist Nanami Ishihara took the concept of “Festival” as her theme.
Ishihara says: “I wanted to paint a festival that never ends”. And just like its title “Festival”, the room has become alive.
From the walls to the ceiling, people and animals are crowded together. Rabbits, elephants, gods and high school girls are all dancing in the festival on a red background.
In the closet, there’s a painting of a “Happi Coat”, while an air vent is fashioned into the mouth of a dancing lion – the playfulness of the artist is everywhere.
The artist painted the room with the sincere wish that those who visited it would be reborn.
Room #3128 | Completion Date: July 2014
Extraordinary or ordinary, everyday or special.
When I travel, I always feel the destination is special.
It’s a special day, so my heart beats faster.
A very special day, a festival.
I felt the thrill of traveling to this place resonated
with the excitement of the festival.
And I wanted the festival to never end.
I thought I would paint this never-ending festival.
I hope you enjoy the fleeting happiness of the joyous festival in this room.
1982 Born in Tokyo.
She came into contact with, and was influenced by, traditional Japanese painting and literature.
She paints the planarity, line drawings, playfulness and fanciness seen in classical works with a present-day feeling, but with true respect for his predecessors.
Painting many motifs making use of all sorts of colors overflowing with vigor, her works symbolize hope and vitality.