Bria Fachon Visits Takashi Murakami's 'The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg' Exhibit in Chicago

I finally attended the Takashi Murakami 'The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg' exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Originally, what captured my attention about the Japanese artist, Takashi, was the artwork he did for Kanye's album "Graduation" and being the mastermind behind the famous Kanye Bear that we all know. Little did I know, his collab with Kanye was just a small portion of his work and honestly not the only highlight. Before I went, I'm thinking to myself like, 'Why did he name it this?'and'Why would an octopus want to eat its own leg?' LOL.  In the exhibit there was a description that says, “an octopus in distress can chew off a damaged leg to ensure survival, knowing that a new one will grow in its place.” What I got from this message is the ability to push through tough situations and keep going. Honestly, I was inspired by the octopus because of its ability to survive. The exhibit taught me that no matter what obstacles are thrown my way, find that strength within myself to survive. I guess I was on the right track with my thinking because later on, I found out what was on Takashi's mind. “Similarly, Murakami often feeds off his own prior imagery, or that of Japanese history, in order for new work to emerge,” the museum said in a statement. “

The entire exhibit is amazing, the vibes were on point and I got some inspiration and motivation. You can get a closer look at the “The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg” exhibit for yourself in Chicago until September 24th at the MCA. Let know what you got out of it.