found wood, foam, soil, acrylic
Under certain weather conditions, a natural process occurs that allows water crystals to generate patterns of frost on a window pane. The process is an example of emergence. Similarly, in “Emergent Enso," an enso form breaks through an encrusted soil surface leaving a natural pattern of black stains. The density, directional flow and resultant shape of these stains emerge from an amalgam of certain conditions, for example, soil topography, concentration of black pigment and number of pigment applications. Opening to this type of random, formal aesthetic is a way of “letting go," allowing shapes to emerge naturally, and embracing them just as they are.
Slice of a Zen Garden
found wood, rope, bamboo, sand, stone, string, acrylic
The triangular, pie-slice shape of this work was informed by the angles in a found piece of wood from an old chair. The gentle arc of the chair back combined with the focal point of the triangle's apex, suggests a slice of a Zen dry garden. This slice may be seen as a contemplative moment in a monk's daily routine of raking sand around a stone.
Rope or Snake
mixed-media with found objects
The Snake Rope story is a key Buddhist teaching on ignorance. It reveals that once we see things as they are (for example, when a rope is not a snake, but a rope), our suffering may cease. The wisdom gained from this realization allows us to live fearlessly, without illusion.
Art Curator Japan
Art Curator Japan, curated by Naoko Mikami, is now representing my work through the European online art gallery artsper.com. +
“Art Curator Japan aspires to introduce Japanese artists and foreign artists influenced by Japanese culture." —Naoko Mikami