Skulls of Emotion
is a limited edition series that is available as either a beautiful, white, glazed- clay bowl or as a planter. The planter comes with rare seeds from the Hibaku Tree which is the only type of tree that survived the bombing of Hiroshima. The seeds were collected by The Tree Doctor of Hiroshima, Riki Horiguch, and can be used in the planter that has a drainage hole on the bottom.
With the Skulls of Emotion
edition, Kitade wants to bring awareness and understanding onto the table and into the viewer's hearts and minds. Kitade urges us to ask, "What are the effects of the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? What is the current situation of the nuclear proliferation around the world? And what can we do about its future?" A psychological weapon* dropped "fear" upon us 65 years ago and now Kitade wants to drop an "artistic bomb," to stand up and fight against fear, suspicion and untrustworthiness. "I would be very happy if my work triggers discussions with those who see and have it."
— Former Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson