I have been fascinated by the fact that "Drake" means "Dragon" in Swedish since I started the Artist Residency at DRAKE ARTS CENTER in Kokkola, Finland.
When I was reading Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities a few years ago, I had the idea of creating books for each city I visited with the mix of reality and imagination. After exploring the city of Kokkola for a few days in different aspects (especially Finnish Rocks in Keppi Museum), and reading of Finnish Epic KALEVALA; I felt it was time to start my first book, at the Drake Arts Center of Kokkola, and I named it Drakkola.
It was also inspired by I-Ching, one of the oldest classics in China, a foundational text for the Confucian and Daoist philosophical traditions, in the way of creating the elements and the structure of these books.
Drakokkola — 燭珂龍.**It was said that Torch Dragon(燭龍) is a mythical interpretation of the Aurora in Chinese Mythology book <The Classic of Mountains and Seas>; Kko (珂) in Chinese means Jade/Agate