Subtracted Clothing


Datsueba (literally, “old woman who strips clothes”) is a supernatural creature said to wait by the Sanzu, the river separating the world of the living from the world of the dead, ready to take off the clothing of the deceased as they cross the river. She weighs the clothing of the dead to judge the severity of the sins they committed during their life. In this workshop, participants create “subtracted clothes” to literally lighten their attire as a means of dealing with Datsueba when the time comes. They put holes in their clothes and substitute the materials with lighter ones, reducing the weight of their clothes so they can cast off their karma.

Workshop: ART THINKING WEEK, 2022, SHIBUYA QWS, Tokyo, Japan