Japan-based artist Kosen Ohtsubo is putting a spin on ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of flower arranging. Ohtsubo is an unorthodox ikebana artist and his works transform the ideas of tradition and elegance in ikebana.
He was previously a student in the Ryusei school of ikebana which encouraged students to experiment and work outside of the classic forms.
“In a way, rebellion is my signature”
The artist appreciated this free approach, however believed that the default materials were elitist: traditional flowers or branches of plum trees.
This highlights two of ikebana’s core purposes: to depict the impermanence of beauty and to bring light to beauty that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.
Ohtsubo continues to search for art in unconventional places.
For example, one day while watching his wife make cabbage rolls, he thought, “This is ikebana.”
He then proceeded to create a sculpture using cabbage.
Ohtsubo was one of the first of his kind and he continues to inspire others with his own ikebana style.
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