|Brian Fisher, "Kodama" Monotype print with gold leaf, 12 x 12 in.|
One of the oldest references to the Kodama is the book Wamuryorui Jyusho or Japanese Names for Things; written 931 – 938 CE. In this dictionary Kodoma are defined as spirits of the trees.
Early Japanese lore described the Kodama as either invisible or indistinguishable from trees but over time Kodama took on human aspect. There are stories of Kodama falling in love with humans and assuming human shape to be with their beloved much like the Greek myths of Dryads, humans and gods.
My monotype "Kodama" was made for exhibition at Roby King Galleries November 3-27, 2017 where Denise Kester and I will display our individual interpretations of myth in print and paint.