Corpse Tree (Horror Boréale)
"Corpse Tree (Horror Boréale)" by Louise Hapton is a painting from the "End of Kawaii" Series.
This piece tells us about the omniscience of nature in any human conflict. Nature was always there. We are new to Earth and have fought each other since our very creation. We are part of nature, indeed, but we are not as wise as her. The Corpse Tree, in a deep forest of Lolita Land, is a spirit anchor. All humans who have died next to it are cursed to re-live the moment they passed in front of the Corpse Tree. Ghosts of a past war still chase each other years, decades and centuries after… after what? After the end of the war? Or humanity?
The ‘End of Kawaii’ Series was created in response to the climate of fear and violence that 2023 has brought us: war. Whether in the Middle East or Eastern Europe, humans have once again shown their ability to destroy. Shocked by the number of massacres in Israel and Gaza in October 2023, Louise Hapton has decided not to stay silent.
An army is marching. They don’t wear mesh pants but cute petticoats and dresses, They will fight for their freedom and beliefs. They want peace — but will kill for it. They’re just like you and I.
By using Lolitas, the artist is willingly choosing not to take any side. The universality of this kawaii army is the source of this series.
But are they still this cute with blood on their hands? If you choose their side in this war, be sure of one thing: no matter who they were before, it’s the end of Kawaii.
Lolita fashion emerged in Japan during the 1990s as a radical form of street style born out of the Japanese taste for Hello Kitty cuteness. Although the term 'Lolita' has sexual connotations in Western culture due to the book of the same name by Vladimir Nabokov, in Japanese culture it refers to cuteness, elegance and modesty. Whether sweet, punk, gothic or any other of the many sub-categories of Lolita that exist, the style is characterised by outfits with a profusion of lacy frills and ruffles worn with demure accessories such as headpieces, gloves and parasols.
Louise Hapton has always been fascinated by this feminist movement and expression. She wears Lolita dresses on a regular basis and enjoys all types of Kawaii (cute) culture, especially if it has a dark twist.
Original signed painting by Louise Hapton
Technique: Acrylic and aerosol spray paint on cotton canvas
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