/ Sacred Form - A
series of paintings and works on paper inspired by traditional
art forms of Japan.
or paper streamers folded in zigzags and hung from rope at sacred
sites in Japan, are seen at the entrance of every Shinto shrine,
and sometimes around a special tree or rock. In Shinto, the indigenous
religion of Japan, all of nature is seen to be sacred, and therefore
honored in this way.
are also believed to be the origin of origami, the traditional
Japanese art form of folding paper. I used the rice paper from
a journal I kept while traveling in Japan to fold into these
forms. Sometimes I have preserved scraps of writing, often I
have painted them. Folding the paper, remembering the days in
Japan lent a special kind of consciousness and a sense of ritual
to making the work.
scroll form of the paintings echoes traditional scroll paintings
in Chinese and Japanese culture.