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.
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.