the japan years
JIM HAY
Usagi Goya

Usagi Goya

10'x5'x1', wood, cut up drawings, and paint, 1995

“Usagi Goya” means rabbit hutch in Japanese and makes a somewhat derogatory reference to the many small houses. The artist lived in one of these tiny houses for five years so the term has significance.

In English, “Goya” suggests the Spanish painter Francisco Goya, 1746-1828. His horrific painting of the Spanish Revolution “May 3, 1808” is haunting with its timeless power. Unarmed civilians have no chance against the well-armed soldiers. They are as helpless as rabbits pursued by hunters.

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