From a young age, I was fascinated by mythological myths, the supernatural figures carved in the temples around the house, the extraordinary idols of gods and goddesses standing in the streets all the time. Even in his childhood, the legendary TV series "Mahabharata" and its war stories, which were watched on the televisions of neighborhood, were especially focused on, whose stories are equally relevant today when we observe on them carefully.
It is very difficult for us human beings to escape from various unimaginable events that happen from time to time. Whether it is a human-caused event or a natural disaster, we are bound to face it anyway. We can deal with human-caused tragedies, but natural disasters are beyond our control. "Comfortably Numb" seeks to represent the natural disasters that we humans are forced to face helplessly. When I think back on April 25, 2015 at exactly 11:56, the memory of that horrible incident again reminds me of a sharp arrow piercing my whole body as if my senses were numb. The painting "Comfortably Numb" reflects Bhishma’s which familiar visual metaphor during the battle in a context of a mythical story form “Mahabharata". Just as in the story of Mahabharata, Bhishma is forced to stand in the wrong place even though he knows the difference between right and wrong due to bad faith, so you have to bear the effect of the disaster on April 25, 2015 just like "Bhishma". We, the common people, have no choice but to choose a good situation voluntarily. We have to endure the situation like Bhishma.
Anil Shahi 阿尼爾・賽伊