Mori, The Artist's Habitat
Shuichi Okita, 2018 (99m)
Morikazu Kumagai (1880-1977) was a key figure in Japanese modern art, known for his colourful paintings of nature and animals. Mori, The Artist’s Habitat imagines one day in the life of the reclusive artist during his twilight years. Aged 94, he maintains his decades-long daily routine of carefully exploring his lush garden - paying close attention to the insects, plants and animals as he seeks inspiration for his painting. The day also sees Morikazu and his wife Hideko welcome a steady stream of visitors into their home. While many are well-wishers, a few have other priorities - including a developer building a nearby apartment that’s set to block the sunlight of the artist’s beautiful garden.