Kohei Nawa 名和晃平 Japanese

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This taxidermied deer has been transformed through the artist’s application of variably sized glass beads called “PixCells,” a term he invented that conflates the idea of a pixel (the smallest unit of a digital image) with a biological cell. PixCell-Deer#24, perhaps unintentionally, resonates with a type of Japanese religious painting known as a Kasuga Deer Mandala. These paintings feature a deer—the messenger of Shinto deities closely associated with the Kasuga Shrine, in Nara—posed with its head similarly turned to the side and bearing a round sacred mirror on its back.

PixCell-Deer#24, Kohei Nawa 名和晃平 (Japanese, born 1975), Mixed media; taxidermied deer with artificial crystal glass, Japan

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