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During this troublesome time, we believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. 2020 is the year of the rat. It is also the year a global pandemic took over. The notorious pandemic from the 14th century “The Plague” is theorized to have spread into Europe by rats via a ship. After it brought an unprecedented number of deaths, Europe transitioned into the Renaissance, a revolutionary period for the arts and philosophy. In spiritual China, rats represent richness and abundance. One could compare the times we live in to the hard transitional period before the Renaissance.
Renaissance art often designed the environment to compliment the piece in which it was viewed, as opposed to the more recent approach typical in Minimalism, which invites viewers to see the pieces in its unaltered environment. As part of the experience, viewers consider all the elements, giving in to a wider view of the world and the thought-process of ‘we’ as opposed to ‘I’. Artistic movements while growing, have dynamically contributed to our collective conscience time after time. It brought a significant shift to the God-centric philosophy of the Medieval times and depicted a human-centric point of view, sparking the Renaissance. The arts bring spiritual growth to humanity and acts as prophecies of something “new”.
The lockdown in New York happened about a month earlier than in Tokyo, and many are diving into the arts at homes in such forms as video games, virtual galleries, creative activities, and other entertainment media. It's natural that people are gravitating towards the arts to find emotional relief amid this crisis. Since the lockdown, out of the many industries that are economically inconvenienced, artists and creators are especially hit because of the non-essentiality of their work before the matter of life and death.
Now is the right time to show our utmost appreciation and respect to the medical heroes & front liners, to take responsibility for the health safety of others and your own, all while preparing for the next possible Renaissance, by supporting our creatives."