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Kubota’s Creativity and Beauty from Nature / Part 3 Kubota’s Kimonos

Kubota’s Creativity and Beauty from Nature / Part 3 Kubota’s Kimonos

By Micah Moen 1 Comment February 12, 2020

Normally war is spoken of as an
ordeal but the master never talked about it that way. Despite the burden of
his captivity Kubota wasn’t altogether ungrateful
because during the time he spent in a prison camp he created something special
which was to play an important role in his own destiny. But only a genuinely
free man can be creative. Despite his circumstances Kubota’s spirit
remained free and freedom feeds inspiration. The kubota phenomenon can
only be understood if you put yourself in the place where he was at the time.
The ability to look at the world through an artist’s eyes rather than those of a
prisoner of war not only rescued him from the worst, it also let Kubota
develop his invaluable creativity. Patterns of ice on the windows would
suddenly become gorgeous flowers in the artists imagination. Gigantic snowflakes
found only in the Siberian Taiga would later be brought to life on the artist’s
canvases. Nature generously shared its beauty with him. Kubota
found beauty where most of his fellow prisoners could see only difficulty and
hardship. He tried to find the richest possible palette of colors in the grey
routine of captivity. The Siberian Taiga became the artists creative laboratory
he paid great attention to any shapes and details in relief. While in Siberia
Kubota discovered not only the techniques that formed the basis of his
inimitable style but also the fantastic power of light. It may sound incredible
but it was in Siberia that he became closer to finding the key to the mystery
of the old masters. While fetching water
Kubota could dive into his parallel world where he was the only one who
could see things invisible to anyone else. On New Year’s Eve in the camp
Kubota again formulated his treasured wish for freedom, which would eventually
come true. The seven gods of fortune would come racing towards him out of the
depths of the universe. A magic ship from Japanese legends would break through the
bleak Siberian days to take the captive away to another mysterious and happy
world. Its sails were filled with a long-awaited wind of freedom And when he’d reached the
point when he thought he’d never go back to Japan he saw a sunset. The master said
that he’d offered to paint that sunset if he ever returned, and he kept his
promise. I saw that painting at an Exhibition. He featured just one
magnificent sunset; its light. I very much like Sun settings and I
think it really encapsulates much of what motivated him in terms of the time
he spent in Siberia looking at the Sun and the setting sun every night and
taking comfort from that and studying the way the light changed color which
became very very important to his work. The collection “The
Symphony of Light” began with this work, the Sun. As the master pictured to himself
it marked the starting point. When he was called out to the front he thought he
would never be able to begin dyeing fabric. But having seen a Siberian Sun he
painted this picture. For the master his life in a camp in Siberia and his return
to his homeland became a starting point, an impetus to begin seriously dyeing

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