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Tuesday Tales – Fire And Wind


Fire And Wind

Fire And Wind

      Finding strength of stone
In softly bending bamboo
               Wind passes over

I’m taking a break this week from my photo based art to present a recent monotype that incorporates some of my favorite subjects and themes, bamboo and time.

Bamboo, with its ability to bend but not break in strong wind, is a symbol for resilience. I have used it often in this context. It is one of four plants called the Four Gentlemen in Chinese art because its growth character resembles those human qualities considered virtuous or noble.

Pottery is another motif that I love to use both for its beauty and its allusion to time and culture. I blogged about that in more detail here.

The two together evoke a sense of fortitude and strength through adversity and a tranquility and beauty that instill a feeling of serenity.

The shape of this vase is inspired by one that I bought at Gallery Shun in Japan many years ago, made by Margaret Frith, a Welsh potter. I have used it in several pieces, as in the one below, which includes another of the Four Gentlemen, the plum blossom.

Plum Blossom

Plum Blossom

Perhaps I should complete the set and use it in artworks with chrysanthemums and orchids?

Fire And wind, a 10″x10″ monotype on 15″x22′ paper, is offered this week at $200, unframed.


Author: chiaink

World travelled yet never weary, eloquent and evocative, Chiarina's artworks sing with a sensitive and sensuous spirit.

7 thoughts on “Tuesday Tales – Fire And Wind

  1. Such a lovely post, Chia. Thank you for the intriguing information on the inspiration behind the beautiful prints. xo

  2. Bonjour Chiarina

    This is exceptional work and like almost everything else you produce is deserving of a wider audience. Not only to promote your stuff but to give the Grand Publique an opportunity to see true and beautiful art – with a capital A.


  3. Pingback: Tuesday Tales – The Beauty of Bamboo | Chiarina Loggia

  4. beautiful work, how I miss Gallery Shun!

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