all images courtesy the artist

Tamami Kubota is a Tokyo-based artist who uses vibrant and colorful brushstrokes to create narratives based on her own lived experience. In recent years the artist has been incorporating kirie, the Japanese art of paper cutting, into her work, creating an additional layer of depth to her storytelling.

Kubota cuts her shapes with no particular composition in mind, only to assemble them in a chance encounter. In many ways, the artist’s artwork reflects the helplessness of the human experience as we live through pandemics and wars all while time and seasons relentlessly carry on.

If you’re in Tokyo you can see Tamami Kubota’s artwork in person at HPGRP gallery in an exhibition titled “Relations” (through April 2, 2022). Otherwise, you can keep up with the artist on Instagram.