Matsubara depicts the sun and the moon in this pair of short, square folding screens. In the left screen, light emanates from the sun’s golden halo, reaching across space to a half moon of white gold at the far right of the right screen. The image of the moon rests on the oceans rippling waves leading us to question if it is truly the moon we see or its reflection. The combination of the sun, moon, and ocean recalls the life of the Buddhist monk Kūkai (774-835), who retreated to an ocean side cave as he meditated on the cycles of night, day, and sea to eventually achieve awakening. Sitting between the open screens, the viewer becomes part of this natural rotation.
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