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Merging Traditional Technique & Modern Imagery


Artist Keisuke Yamaguchi goes by the name OZ (尾頭), which translates as head to tail. But it’s a phrase that also means "entirety" or "from beginning to end," and it’s helpful in understanding the artist, who was born and raised in the mountainous region of Nagano Prefecture.

“Historically the Japanese believed that there existed many gods that inhabited everything around us, holding the ability to hit us with fearful, awe-inspiring power,” says OZ. He summons these gods of nature—a byproduct of his youth spent in the mountains—in creating a diverse body of work that is both surreal and abstract.

Take a closer look at Yamaguchi's works and his inspiration behind them at Spoon & Tamago below!

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