What was I doing when I found out about David Bowie’s death three days ago? I was drawing this. So when it came time to give the drawing a name, I wanted to use a title of one of Bowie’s songs. That way, the drawing would be my private homage to him. The song “Fascination” from the album “Young Americans” fitted the bill perfectly.
What is my fascination here? Kyoto, sakura, geisha, illumination, dusk, transience. The Japanese admire sakura (cherry blossom) because it represents the beautiful fragility of life. It bursts into flower and gives people tremendous pleasure, but it lasts such a very short time. Soon the ground is carpeted with fallen petals. It reminds them (and us) of how fleeting life is.
“Spent some time in old Kyoto/Sleeping on the matted ground”.* David Bowie.
*Lines from “Move On” from the album “Lodger”.