A native of Hiroshima, Japan, Koki Morimoto transforms his acrylic paint into elegant, sweeping simulacrums of nature. His paintings seek to capture inevitable cycles: creation, transformation, and dissolution. Early in his career, while he was gesturing with his brush, allowing it to lead him, experimenting with abstraction, Morimoto’s young daughter, only six years old, walked in and matter-of-factly identified his new forms as beans. He realized she was right. Beans communicated everything he wanted to say.
“I always try to feel nature work around us,” Morimoto says. “It is repetitious, with less concern for us. Drawing is an action that brings one line to the next, growing beyond itself and being shaped on canvas. That is similar to the way nature works.” In Morimoto’s paintings, incomplete shapes represent appearance and disappearance. Empty space is both isolating and full of hope for new growth. “This concatenation may contain both consciousness and unconsciousness,” he says. “However, what I would like to express is not unconscious factors, but something dynamic such as atmosphere and energy.” Ever in flux, the world occasionally makes him anxious. When he feels unsettled, Morimoto reminds himself that although the dirt has been covered with asphalt, the plants do persist.