Hymn to tussock grass
Nagakute Aichi, Koiwa Tokyo, Japan
Size: 170.0cm X 220.0cm
Location: Narukawa Art Museum, Hakone Lake Ashi
In this painting, I described ‘the hymn of life’ through the lives of various kinds of weeds. The continuous cycle of life from the past to the future on this earth. The repetition of life and death. The wonderful coexistence of various lives… I wondered if I could express all of that through familiar leaves and flowers, so I tried it out in this painting. That is why I titled this painting “hymn”. I made this painting with an intention of concluding my botanical paintings. I completely ignored seasonality, and I freely created my own tussock. 1985, the year I drew this painting was a huge turning point for me. In July that year, I was transferred to Tokyo University of the Arts from Aichi University of the Arts, and therefore I made this painting during that busy period. But fortunately, I received the top prize of the Inten exhibition for this painting. I remember that I was relieved that I was recommended to become a Doujin that year.