This exhibition features the artwork of kubomi, an artist who captures the primal energy of nature through her paintings. Her works evoke a sense of the mass and brushstroke traces of paint, resembling marbled patterns. These patterns twist and turn, taking on forms reminiscent of swirling elements and flora and fauna. Amidst the glistening sunlight, kubomi skillfully expresses the process of life's existence, from its inception to eventual decay, within a single canvas.
She creates abstract depictions of nature’s primitive energy by digitally incorporating hand-drawn analog artwork and blending it with various materials such as abstract paintings and photographs.
Born in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, in 1993, kubomi's early exposure to watercolor painting through her grandfather's hobby and her father's work in publishing influenced her passion for art from a young age. While initially pursuing studies to enter an art university, her perspective shifted during her high school years when she was profoundly moved by collections from fashion designers such as Alexander McQueen and John Galliano.
Discovering that clothing, previously regarded as mere everyday items, could be a form of "wearable art" ignited her interest in the world of fashion. As she built her career, eventually becoming the chief designer for a brand with global aspirations, kubomi's experiences in fashion played a pivotal role in shaping her commitment to creating "art close to life" rather than exclusively displaying her works in museums.
Kubomi had a deep fascination with flora and fauna, often replicating illustrations from field guides during her childhood. Her encounter with the world of flowers as an artist is etched vividly in her memory:
"When I tried to move an anemone placed by the window at home, I was struck by the sight of its petals scattering. The western sunlight illuminated the remaining stem, and it appeared so strangely and charmingly."
At that moment, she impulsively started drawing with the paint and paper she had at hand, and from then on, flowers became a significant motif in her art. Natural phenomena, not crafted by human hands, appear in different forms depending on time, place, and the observer. Sensing the soul and energy inherent in nature, kubomi was born as an artist. This memory nurtured her artistic journey.