THE DUAL EFFECTS OF RITUALS
This project focuses on the impact of rituals on individuals. Through two picture books, we explore the positive and negative effects of rituals in our lives.
The first picture book, “Gift for Myself,” tells an exaggerated and whimsical story about a girl’s addiction to cosmetic surgery. It portrays her constant desire to change her appearance, even transforming herself into a cat, an alien, and a figure from a cubist painting. This imaginative tale aims to draw attention to addictive behaviors and encourages self-awareness to prevent excessive ritualization.
The second picture book, “Moments in a Teacup,” highlights the significance of the tea-drinking ritual in providing relaxation for weary office workers. As the protagonist takes a sip of tea, they enter a thrilling and imaginative world where they sail on a sea of tea, ride on the back of a dragon, and transform into a bird thanks to a mischievous fox. These daydreams offer an escape from the pressures of daily life, showcasing the power of small rituals to bring joy and respite. The book encourages readers to discover their own small rituals that can add happiness and playfulness to their lives.
By exploring the positive and negative aspects of rituals through these picture books, we aim to prompt reflection on our own lifestyle choices and how we approach the sense of ceremony in our lives.