Kitsune Catalysts - Garrett Horlacher

Throughout history Kitsune, or Fox Spirits, have delivered messages, caused mischief, and shared their wisdom with the people of Japan. So much so that artists felt the need to capture their beauty in a physical medium. This gallery is just a snapshot of all the inspiration and beautiful pieces of art the Kitsune are responsible for.

This piece depicts a fox that is resting underneath some flowers on a humid summer evening. Hashimoto Kansetsu uses very gentle lines for the body of the fox which makes the fox seem almost transparent and ghost like. He uses a much heavier line for the flowers giving them some added weight.
This Kitsune mask was sculpted out of wood in the late 19th century. The repetition of the circular pattern in the wood symbolizes a never ending collection of wisdom and understanding. Also, the direction of the pattern is moving forward as if to show that as time moves forward, so does the collection of knowledge of the spirit.
This print, created by Ogata Gekko, shows a restless Fox Spirit on the hunt for mischievous opportunities. Ogata uses neutral colors for the physical realm background of the piece and a rough square color scheme for the Fox Demon to capture attention as the center of the piece.
The subject of this piece shows a woman communicating or being possessed by a Fox Spirit. Bertha Lum does an excellent job of using positive and negative space in a way that shows a woman teetering on the balance between the physical and metaphysical realms of the spirit and human world.
The fox in this piece doesn't appear to be a spirit, yet. The fox appears to be dancing through puddles in the rain enjoying the world and all it has to offer. Ohara Koson uses dynamic shapes to give the piece a feeling of forward movement. You see where the fox will take its next step.
This depiction of a Japanese fairytale shows a samurai confronting an unwelcome Fox Spirt to send him back to the spirit world. Tsukioka uses a combination of analogous and complementary colors to give personality to both characters and to show the contrast between the two personalities.
Ink on silk is a common practice for Japanese artists and this piece is a beautiful depiction of two wild foxes playing next to a raccoon. The way the lines are used on both sides of this piece gives us a sense that there are physical and metaphysical realms next to each other. The lines on the right are heavy and angular, where the lines on the left are more gentle and almost blend together.
While there's nothing on this float that looks entirely like a fox spirit, this is supposed to be the release of a fox spirit that has been held in a drum. This piece uses what seems to be the entire color wheel, but contrasts the colors with sections of black that make the every section of the piece really stand out.
This statue is a depiction of three Kitsune sculpted out of ivory. This statue is very well balanced with the size and flow of each individual fox drawing your eye back to the center. The symmetry of the piece also adds an effect of equality that makes the kitsune seem like they all are ready to inflict mischief.
This is a depiction of Kitsune gathering around a tree in spiritual location in Japan. The Fox Spirits all have fire floating in front of their face. The heavy use of dark values like the blue, gray, and black give the painting an eerie feel. The use of the light value in the Fox Spirits and the stars, not only make the Spirits stand out, but give them beauty comparable to the stars themselves.
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