Buddhist Minister Brings Her Spiritual Life into Her Art

I fell in love with Kuon Kubo's art when I first discovered it at an art show at the Institute for Buddhist Studies, part of the Graduate Theological Union, here in Berkeley.  She is a visiting minister from Japan who incorporates her Buddhist experience into her art.

She uses watercolor images and then cuts them into shapes to make a collage. Each one has a story.

This picture above represents the rain of gifts that fell upon her from her spiritual path.  She said there are so many, she cannot catch them all.

Below is the piece I purchased, along with the verse that goes with it:

 This is the back of her business card.  Very wonderful graphic of her life.  A great idea for making a business card more personal (and humorous!)

Her postcard.  Koun's mother was a survivor of Hiroshima.

A cute pin she made.

Meeting her reminded me that it is important to bring your spiritual life into your art, to celebrate what matters to you, and to share it with others. When someone is joyful about their art like Koun is, it is infectious.

1 comment:

Dragonfire Graphics said...

Kate, thank you for introducing us to Koun. What a delightful story to read and see first thing in the morning.