CAVERN I / oil and pigment on canvas / 380 x 455 mm / 2018

This is an appropriation from "Jonah and the Whale" (1621) by Pieter Lastman 
and "Ponyo" (2008) written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, animated by Studio Ghibli
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This is an appropriation from “Ponyo” that is an animation film directed by Hayao Miyazaki and “Jonah and the Whale” by Pieter Lastman.

Hayao Miyazaki is a well known Japanese director for his outstanding films and often writes a script using the components from structure analysis of mythology for his storytelling. 

The scene of entering a cave or whale’s belly is a typical motif that indicates death and rebirth of the hero in myths all over the world. The story of Jonah and the Whale, from the Bible, is the same. 
I have overlapped both works, as they have the same framework in terms of mythology.