Katagiri Atsunobu (b.1973) currently lives and works in Osaka.
In 1997, aged just 24, Atsunobu succeeded to the professional name of master of the Misasagi ikebana school in Sakai City, Osaka. His arrangement style varies from the traditional to contemporary art, and he has worked on many collaborative projects with artists in other genres. His work employs various plants from small wild grasses to his longstanding theme, the large installation with cherry trees, exploring elements of animism, one of the originating sources of flower arrangement.
Atsunobu has stayed in Minamisoma city, Fukushima as an invited artist for the “Hama-dori, Naka-dori, & Aizu Tri-Regional Culture Collaboration Project” organized by the government’s Agency of Cultural Affairs since 2013, and has created numerous works. His book Sacrifice: The Ikebana of Regeneration, Offered to the Future (published by Seigensha Art Publishing) has been released as the documentation of the project.
Atsunobu has participated in many important exhibitions including: “Forty Days”, Chi-Wen Gallery Taipei (TW, 2020); “KAERU”, Chi-Wen Gallery Taipei (TW, 2020);“Sacrifice: Words Spoken by Flowers within 30 km of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant”, CUBE, Tokyo (JP, 2017); “Sacrifice – 眠る地層にささげる花”, MInamisoma City Museum, Fukushima (JP, 2015); “泉／滝”, Sagawa Art Museum, Moriyama (JP, 2011).
Sacrifice − The Ikebana of Regeneration