Émilie DORE Akai Ito 2017 steel wire, feathers, tissue paper, wood 27 cm x 26 cm x 17 cm
“An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstances. The thread can stretch or tangle, but it will never break … ”
The red thread of fate is a popular Asian legend originating in China. Although mostly present in China and Japan, this legend is very popular in East Asia. In Japanese folklore, the legend of the red thread is also very present. Here, beliefs vary: for some beings intended to love are linked by the little finger while others do not specify by which part of the body lovers are linked. This red thread is ruled by Destiny, which is why, whatever happens, it can never break. The Japanese crane is monogamous and a sign of fidelity. The cranes stage a dance ritual of reverences, jumps and various other postures that serve as both a display of courtship and communication.
When I have to create a work without a theme guideline, my idea often comes from Japan. Since childhood, I have a fascination for the culture, the environments and the wildlife of this region. Japanese cranes are a strong symbol of the east. It symbolizes clumsiness, but also immortality in China. In Japan it is purity and fidelity, by their monogamous relationship, that prevails. They also have their particular dance ritual as their plumage out of the ordinary. Wanting to recreate their gestures with this project, I discovered that my iron cranes had to be two to help support each other. This communion of the metal elements enlightened me on the aspect of communions that the original birds undertake between themselves in the dance. The transparency of the brooch gives an evanescence and a lightness. The disparate angle of the wings gives movement and energy to the cranes. By their red crest, I valued this tonic of color with a red object that would connect them together. A round stone as the emblem and color of Chinese and Japanese flags. An evocation over the thread of destiny, a popular legend of Asia from China. A reminder of the fidelity of cranes, the expressive love of the color red and the relationship of communion between two beings. An echo over the legend of the material of wire of metal.