I had the privilege today to present the complete portfolio of prints that Baren Forum members made last year as a fundraiser after the devastating earthquake and tsunami to the Consul General of Japan in Detroit, Kuninori Matsuda.
I am an environmental artist working exclusively in the water-based Japanese art of moku hanga – woodblock print.
The spiritual connection that I find in the creation of the print is extremely important to me. The process is quiet, calming and meditative. Carving individual wood blocks for each color in the print, isolated profiles are separated and then joined again. This exploration of forms within a space creates a deeper, intimate encounter with nature. The emotional, physical and spiritual energy I use to create a print somehow becomes imbedded within it to reveal the heart and spirit of a location.
Primarily showing wilderness landscapes and waterscapes and having the four seasons of imagery at my disposal, it is a joy to showcase the beauty, diverse ecology, geography and healing value of our world through my prints.
I take you to a secret place that you can experience and will want to know personally. Creating a sense of stillness and peace and shelter……the journey awakens you to the vulnerability of our natural spaces. The significance of protection is stimulated.
The rarely noticed or hidden becomes elevated to the sacred.