My friend posted this message on my Facebook.
I'm noticing some Ikebana arrangements are looking a bit messier these days.
What are your thoughts Suzuki Eiko?
I answered as follow.
Hi Lyn, how have you been? Thank you for your message.
You asked what I think of this arrangement. I think it's "modern art". It doesn’t look the original ikebana, whose basic work is following the rules, but looks the artist's self-expression with plants, a genre called "modern ikebana". In this case, a large gray branch floating upside down with a lustrous maple tree on it is a beautiful work of art to the eye.
However, I think there is room for debate as to whether this can be called "ikebana" or not. My definition of "ikebana" is to make the characteristics of the plant come alive. In other words, I think ikebana is a technique to make plants look lively, or in other words, to make them happy. So, in my opinion, this work may be a one-sided work of self-expression using plants. It differs from conventional ikebana in that it uses plants as a mere material for self-expression, like paints in painting.
I hope I have answered your question ok.
It's been a difficult time with the spread of the new corona. I've come to enjoy making use of the plants around me to create ikebana works without going out, more than ever before.
Lyn, I hope you find your own enjoyment and live your life to the fullest.