HARI KIKI SHO 針聞書 Drawings
I Bachini – Stefania Baldi Satoh
Welcome to the world of the “mushi” that inhabit our belly.
My first encounter with these “mushi”---a Japanese term to describe our “insect, worm, caterpillar, larva and more”—was more than 10 years ago when I visited Kyushu, in Japan's southern region. The Kyushu National Museum is located in Fukuoka, the capital of the region, and houses a section dedicated to traditional medicine. It is here that one of the oldest treatises on Oriental medicine (1568) can be found. It is called “Hari-kiki-gaki”, which could be translated as “Report on Acupuncture.”
So in pandemic lockdown, Lica drew mushi. Her drawings are not mere reproductions of those ancient illustrations; her mushi are vibrant and alive and express an artist’s hope and desire to soon come out of this current reality of physical and mental seclusion. Each stroke of her advancing pencil lightens the weight of tiredness, forms a smile, which then turns into laughter. This is the power of the mushi!