This is a collection of authentic works by Tatsuya Horimoto, a Kemono artist who anthropomorphizes animals or mimics human beings.
This book includes works from his early days to his latest creations, ranging from familiar Kemono that look like they could be found in anime or manga, to deified representations like Greek sculptures, or sexy Kemono that are bewitched by their seductive forms.
In his early years, Horimoto created works in which he implanted individual strands of his own hair to satisfy his desire to transform into “Kemono,” as well as works in which he was reborn as Kemono through regression from the womb. While still in college, he received numerous awards and attracted attention, but the shock of not becoming a Kemono and the discomfort of having only his “hair” featured in his works led him to stop expressing his hair. He changed to a new work that uses spherical-jointed doll technology and stone clay to create a smooth skin texture.
“Kemono” in katakana refers to anthropomorphic expressions that include human emotions, senses, language, appearance, and gestures in non-human animals, or mimetic animal expressions that include animal-like emotions, senses, language, appearance, and gestures in humans. Horimoto, who has had an interest in and admiration for beasts since he was a child, focuses on the human mindset toward beasts. It will be a new discovery for Kemono enthusiasts and art lovers alike.
Category：Japanese Art Book, Japanese Craft Book
- Release Date:
- February, 2023
- BIJUTSU SHUPPAN-SHA
Born in Mie Prefecture in 1993. In 2016, graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design (currently Kyoto University of Arts), Department of Fine Arts and Crafts, Comprehensive Modeling Course. In 2018, she graduated from Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, Graduate School of Art and Design, Department of Environmental Design, Sculpture.
Major solo exhibitions include “Meet the KEMONO part3” (MU Higashi Shinsaibashi Gallery, Osaka, 2018), “Meet the KEMONO part4 -Stimulation-” (PIN-UP, Okinawa, 2020), “Meet the KEMONO part5 -Interesting” -” (art space Baku, Fukuoka, 2020), “Meet the KEMONO part6” (roid works gallery, Tokyo, 2021), etc.
Marcus Caparco –
Paru Itagaki has introduced me to this artist by posting a picture of this book on their Twitter, I actually communicated with Tatsuya for a brief moment to wish them well and tell them how their art has captivated me and how I wish to inspire others as they have for me. The books amazing and everything id hope for, it’s a picture book with an interview at the end,