EIKO
ISHIZAWA




The Great Sleeping Bear



Imitation fur, rubber, textile
2008



This work was inspired by the news in South Germany in 2006,  when I was into the questions about the borderline between the reality and the illusions.
 
 The news was about first wild bear appeared in Bavarian Alps since 170 years. He was called for two names, “ a problem bear” or “ Bruno”. He was originally habitant in the nature reserve in Italy. But he started to explore new lands, crossed a few borderlines of countries. This evoked huge discussion in public and government in Bavaria. One group loved this bear, but the other group was afraid and wanted him to be  hunted. After some time of confusions, in the end, this bear was decided to be hunted down, and he did.

Within this tragic story, I was interested in such variations of emotions and perceptions thta had determined the reality, and they are projected of on a single just bear, who just crossed the “borderlines” , wherein the animal worlds do not matter.

This story depicted for me  the what it means of “ crossing the borderlines”, which are maybe metaphors of various borderlines like between  inner nature and rules of civilizations, being sane and  insane, borderlines of countries, or etc, that probanly in both possibilities of crossing mentally and physically.

With such thoughts, this work leaves  hints of awarenesses  for what is the trueth is somewherelse but within ourselves, the consequences of being the etiher positions of  minorities and majorities, how the discriminations starts, and etc. 

By creating this work as a realistc bear, just a simple wild bear, not too cute or too scary, which you can go inside as a sleeping bag, I wanted to evoke the illusions for people who witness this bear in the woods, and also let viewers to imagine the own story around this wrok, like if this bear is hunted or the man is eaten by the bear, or the man is like a bear who left the society behind and wondering in the nature, or even just own comunities behind and being the minorities... 



I have initiated another platform that offers more related products and projects evoked from The Great Sleeping Bear.

Please go for more information: www.sleepingbearproject.com


Photo belw: taken by Daniel Morrel