Intent of Benny the Dreamer--by OKEDOKI Today l June 28, 2017

I’ve always loved the dichotomy of innocence and wisdom. I wanted to combine these two aspects into one figure, and make it unified. That was how the enlightened multiple eye rabbit came about. He represented the wisdom and clarity, the transcending force to see beyond social and cultural constructs. Benny represents innocence and pure emotional energy, the child in all of us. The figure went through many stages of transformation over the year I was sculpting it, which was reflected in my personal life. I had gotten very ill as I was in the final sculpting phase of it, and had to focus my energy to have it completed in time to send it to Taiwan for production. So, this project was very significant to me, because it represents a chapter in my life that was very challenging. So I suppose Benny also represents hope and perseverance. I finished painting him, then gave him the name Benny the Dreamer, because I wanted Benny to inspire others to go after their dreams; to pursue what is truly in their hearts." -Okedoki 

不知道大家第一眼看到Benny the Dreamer感覺是什麼, 

我猜,
從外觀上而言, 
多半都覺得他是個可愛的小男生, 
甚至是小女孩, 
尤其帶著頂可愛兔帽子的他,
很難不心動於已然渲染開的可愛氛圍。

不過,
誠如OKEDOKI所說,
Benny the Dreamer角色的定義,
其實代表了部分OKEDOKI的價值觀和對人生的看法, 
尤其Benny定稿的最後一段時間, 
OKEDOKI因為生病的因素, 
身心都有著極大的考驗, 
但她還是勉力完成了Benny的原型定案,

而她也把這段時間的經歷,
重新詮釋Benny, 
也賦予他新的涵義, 

希望和毅力,
同時也不要忘了對夢想的堅持!!


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