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Inquiry & Response Come Up Together, 2018
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Inquiry & Response Come Up Together, 2018

Price: $425.00

Size: 14x11"

Media: Ink on paper

Inquiry & Response Come Up Together has had an adventurous life. This painting was once STOLEN from an exhibition! The exhibition was at a Zen Center and it was stolen on Martin Luther King day. When the show organizer called to tell me I was so shocked I laughed and laughed. Even more amazing, a few weeks later the painting was anonymously returned. No harm, no foul. :)

This painting is part of a series called Breath Portraits. I sit in connection with my breath. I then pour ink on the paper and breathe it around the page. Working intuitively, connection to breath is at the heart of this work.

The linework in this work represents a turning point in an evolution from linework that began years earlier. One Fall day in 2008, I went the to the San Francisco Aquarium. I stood drawing an anemone plumosa, a nearly transparent being stuck to the face of the aquarium glass. After a good chunk of time, I noticed what seemed like fingerprints on the glass. But in the hour I had been there drawing, not a single person had stopped at this tank, let alone pressed themselves against it. Upon closer inspection I discovered the marks, fanning and spiraling in mesmerizing, barely-visible ridges of dust, were the footprints of the anemone—each single tiny mark made over the course of hours. These stunning patterns covered the glass, perhaps months of imperceptible movement by the anemone.

Both the visual patterns and the process of creating them continue to grip me. What trails are you leaving in your life, imperceptible to you, unintentional but devastatingly beautiful nonetheless?

About the title

The title comes from the Buddhist sutra Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi. which I studied while living at Green Gulch Farm / Green Dragon Zen Temple. 

In concordance with my heartfelt wish to honor the earth and be living with increasing ecological sustainability, I use frames have been reclaimed! These are high quality frames that once hung in a hotel in Vermont. The frame is made of wood and painted silver and gold. They do show signs of wear with rich character. I cut the matte myself to make sure it is the perfect size to show off the original painting and look great in the frame. I use archival-quality acid-free matte. A piece of reclaimed backing material (foamboard, chipboard, or matting) is added in the back to secure the original and the matting inside. That backing is then taped to the frame using eco-friendly tape. I use tape so that it would be possible in the future to remove the painting from the frame. The hanging apparatus is extremely sturdy and will work with a simple nail.

This original painting is available with a window matting, bevel cut. The matte is acid-free archival quality. Color is as pictured. The finished dimensions of the matte are 18x20". If you'd like a different color, different size, or an additional matte, it is possible! Just send me an email and we can work it out: You can also contact me through the online form.


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