“Camouflage” Paper art by painter Takumi Kama


Camouflage is an animal’s ability to hide itself from predator and prey. It is a special blanket that nature has provided to the animal world in order to increase their chances of survival, and of reproducing. This has given the animal species a better chance to evolve a number of special adaptations that help them find food and keep them from becoming food.

By the way current modernization is moving on,animals would be the drastically affected by this destruction of nature, wildlife would weaken the animal’s survival. Osaka born painter Takumi Kama has beautifully explained the future of the creatures when the world would be destroyed and they would have no choice left but to invade into over life.

Takumi Kama came up with 2 different, imaginary leaf insects that camouflage themselves in the city. One is the Hide-mushi, which gets its name from Hideo Noguchi, who appears on the 1000 yen bill (mushi means insect). The Hide-mushi camouflages itself amongst Japanese currency and feeds on paper, which can affect its color.

Then there is the Comi-mushi, which camouflages itself amongst comic books and comic strips. It can often be spotted in bookstores, convenience stores but have also been known to come out on days when garbage trucks pick up paper for recycling.

The painting is so intricate and sublime that it’s nearly impossible to make out if they are 2D or 3D ones. The currency that appears on the art is not a real one, butjust a painting by karma.


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