Cactus Gallery LA
FOX SISTER by artist Anthi Matsouka (MonstrumFlos)
Mixed Media: Air dry clay, apoxie sculpt, polymer clay, paper mache clay, handmade resin eyes, paper mache base and red mohair fiber
Height (with the mushroom) 9.9" (25cm)
Base diameter: 3.5" (9cm)
The Fox Sister is a Korean folktale about the mythical Korean nine-tailed fox demon (kumiho).
A man had three sons and no daughter. He prayed for a daughter, even if she was a fox. His wife gave birth to a daughter, but when the girl was six, one of their cows would die every night. Each of the three sons was sent out night after night to observe what was happening. The boys each told their father that their sister did it, but their father did not believe them.
The older brothers wandered until they met a Buddhist monk, who sent them back with three magical bottles: a white one, a blue one, and a red one. Once they arrived, they found their sister living alone; she told them their parents and brother had died, and implored them to stay. Finally, she persuaded them to stay the night and somehow made a rich meal for them. In the night, the older brother was woken by the sounds of chewing. He rolled over, saw the meal, and realized that they had eaten corpses. His sister stood over his dead brother, eating his liver. She told him that she only needed one more to become a human.
He fled, throwing the white bottle behind him, and it became a thicket of thorns. As a fox, she made her way through it. He threw the blue bottle behind him, and trapped her in a river, but as a fox, she swam ashore. He threw the red bottle behind, and she was trapped in fire. It burned her until she was no more than a mosquito.