Art as Self-Reflection of Nature’s Myriad Moods in the Miniature: Kokyo Hatanaka’s Nihonga Art Movement and the Entanglement with the Quantum Self

Art as Self-Reflection of Nature’s Myriad Moods in the Miniature: Kokyo Hatanaka’s Nihonga Art Movement and the Entanglement with the Quantum Self 

Kokyo Hatanaka painting Revival of 1000 yr old Nihonga Art Movement of Japan with Indian Miniature Painting

Kokyo Hatanaka painting Revival of 1000 yr old Nihonga Art Movement of Japan with Indian Miniature Painting

To celebrate 60 years of India-Japan Relations, Japanese painter Kokyo Hatanaka brings the 1000 year old Nihonga art to India showcasing the entanglement of themes belonging to Indian miniature paintings reviving an old art form that uses nature pigment colours to infuse life and movement in the still frames. 

Art is a process that takes place – one doesn’t do art – the true art of nature is a self-revelatory process of conjugation with itself. The artist is merely a participant in the process of creation – he is the eternal audience who observes what is happening to him. And in the stillness of symmetry he observes the swift annihilation of forms and concepts, and, therefore, becomes the witness to this great process of form making from super-luminescent to luminescent to finite size, shape, color that constitutes the artistic canvas of his great inner and outer exploration.  Every art form is a deeper realization of this transformative process of nature – nature re-organizes itself in manifold ways – it synthesizes and re-synthesizes itself and there is no purpose behind it except evolution. The feelings of the artist is not his own, it belongs to nature; the colours he uses belongs to nature, brushstrokes, palette and everything else belongs to nature – he only observes the total unity manifesting itself through interactions giving rise to an illusion of many distinctive forms and processes. But when the artist wakes up, or, the poet embraces the moment he is in, he sees reality as a constant play within nature as a self-reflective artistic process that gives pure delight and nothing else.

the yellow moon’s tender caress            

Rabindranath Tagore in Japan circa 1916 taken at Dr. Masujima's garden. Prof Nakagiri of Waseda University is sitting to the right of Tagore.

Rabindranath Tagore in Japan circa 1916 taken at Dr. Masujima’s garden. Prof Nakagiri of Waseda University is sitting to the right of Tagore.

left the bridal kiss

On scattered petals

They awake with colours and scent

foaming on the white ocean

every nerve repeats the form

unknown to the mystery it unravels

dissolves in the void

left the moment’s signature on the canvas

for the pure revelation of an artistic cause

 

– J

 

 

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