Yes or No

Yes or No

Size: 133×168cm

Date: 1997

Mediums:Mixed media


When he began his studies in Italy, Kinutani was confronted with the question if he believed in Christianity or not. This western “Yes or No” mentality, which prioritizes clarity and leaves no space for ambiguity, was difficult for Kinutani to take in, for he was raised with the philosophy of “Funihomon” which accepts the co-existence of contradicting things. In this painting, two figures face each other. Words and shapes flow out of each figure’s lips and intertwine with one another.