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Ruten
Nagakute, Aichi, Japan
Year: 1983
Dimensions: 170.0cm X 217.0cm
Location: Hakone, Lake Ashi Narukawa Art Museum

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I planted the seeds of the morning glory in my garden and started making sketches when the sprouts started to appear. I spent over half a year paining the morning glory on drawing papers, from vines to flowers and then back to seeds until they died. I was being greedy and planted the seeds all over my garden so it ended up being full of morning glories. I thought morning glories were summer flowers but they actually kept blooming even in November. I could not keep taking care of them forever, so I decided to take them out. Because I was so attached to them, I could not cut off the roots during the day, so I asked my wife to help me cut them off at night. The next morning, when I looked at them, even though they were cut by the roots, they were still flowering beautiful flowers. For awhile I was tormented by the guilt.

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