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12th Night
12th Night
On Loan to Sato Museum
Mineral Pigments, Platinum and Gold on Kumohada
177x176 (diptych)
2008

Twelfth Night was commissioned for a museum tour Nihonga exhibit in Japan (To-ki-Michi, A Survey of Contemporary Nihonga, Ueno Royal Museum, Hakodate Museum, Ishikawa Prefectural Museum, and twelve other museums throughout Japan.) I overlapped a Shakesperian title with 12th, a day after 9/11.  This is an elergy in the form of a weeping cherry, Japanese symbol ephemeral beauty and now my personal symbol of enduring hope during dark times.

Still Point
Still Point
Collection of Howard Lutnik
Mineral Pigments, Gold Powder on Kumohada
89x66"
2003

At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.

T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

Splendor - Ghost
Splendor - Ghost
66x89", Mineral Pigments on Kumohada, Collection of Taylor, Clayton and Lydia Fujimura Trust
Splendor for Kayama
Splendor for Kayama
Mineral Pigments, Gold on Kumohada

Fujimura writes in Refractions: a journey of art, faith and culture:

Nihonga (Japanese-style painting) master Matazo Kayama passed away in April of 2004.  When I heard the news, I began a painting called Splendor, which was exhibited in his memory that fall in TriBeCa, New York City...Professor Kayama selected me to be the first artist outside of their traditional curriculum in the prestigious post-MFA program, an extension of lineage that has been in existence since fourteenth-century Japan (I came in as an "outsider," an American with a Japanese National Scholarship.)"

Between Two Waves of the Sea
Between Two Waves of the Sea
Mineral Pigments on Kumohada, 66x89"

But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.

T.S.  Eliot, Four Quartets

Zero Summer
Zero Summer
Private Collection
Gold, Tarnished Silver, Mineral Pigments on Kumohada
89x66"

Than that of summer, neither budding nor fading,

Not in the scheme of generation.

Where is the summer, the unimaginable

Zero summer?

T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

Still Point - Evening
Still Point - Evening
Mineral Pigments, Gold on Kumohada, Collection on Kikkoman Corporation, Tokyo
Still Point - Morning Star
Still Point - Morning Star
Mineral Pigments and Gold on Kumohada
180x180 cm
2003