About: Grie Verd: masks & me

537537_542553242431689_1439377442_n© Motohiko Odani
Malformed Noh-Mask Series Half Skeleton’s Twins: Tosaka, 2008

Labelling his series of noh mask sculptures “malformed,” Motohiko Odani pays ironic homage to the tradition of noh in Japan. The masks form part of a 2011 art show “Bye Bye Kitty!!!” by the Japan Society in New York, redolent of an apocalyptic mood in Japanese art. Provoking counterpoint to the stylized mask worn by shites (main performers) in Noh plays, Odani’s mask is androgynous, ironically appropriate to the noh tradition where all roles are played by men.

Appearing in a painful fracture between two halves of a head, the third eye is more eloquent than the other two eyes: seeing more, that eye hurts more. The third eye, in many eastern societies, symbolizes inner sight, a hard won wisdom. When the third eye opens, we suffer. The outer self, or the identity that my acquaintances feel they know, tears apart revealing an Other being, a Grie Verd who will not fit in.

This Grie Verd (shite!) must perform everywhere, in any society, or culture, or religion, or role. Only otherness guides me, I go where no (wo)man has gone before, as does anyone in quest of god, universe, meaning, whateverelse.

I blog to discover where my journey takes me. Trusted old Albert Einstein can sum up for me:

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

I want to celebrate the gift, no matter the pain.


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