Chris Berens


mixed media on panel
12 x 12 cm 2020

Phu is a Phooka in learning. Phooka’s are ghosts or other discarnate spirits in disguise. Phu has taken on the shape of a white furry bat. Phu is learning to be a friendly mimic who, with permission, utilizes other creatures’ bodies and take them for a ride of a lifetime. To be clear, it’s the soul that’s been taken on a journey, not the physical body itself. So no harm done, guaranteed fun for all parties involved.

Usually, it happens at nighttime, preferably when the lucky subject is asleep. In this case, Phu takes his buddy Timpi on a ride, who is in hibernation and always in for a fun experiment anyway, so it’s all good. Once fully trained, Phu will take Timpi on great adventures. He will hurry with him over precipices, carry him up into the moon, and down to the bottom of the sea. He’s not quite there yet, at this point he’s happy he’s managed to actually turn into something of a bat.

PHU is a storyteller. He will draw the curtain on a compelling opening scene and together you will embark upon a wondrous journey. The only boundaries will be the perimeters of your combined imagination. You just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

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