Leonardo da Vinci, obsessed with visions of the world collapsing in a deluge late in his life, kept drawing countless swirls of water eroding the earth. While delicate and still bold drawings done by Ugetsu resemble those of Leonardo’s, they would more likely impress us as phenomenon of the world in the making, rather than in the process of collapsing. The spiraling swirls, organic or inorganic, might as well be fundamental lines piercing through the natural world. When we are moved by the works of Ugetsu, we are literally experiencing a resonance between his lines and the lines piercing through our inner life.
Atsushi Tanigawa , art critic