My Kinda Enso IV

My Kinda Enso IV

95.00

By Marta Staudinger

9x12 in.

Acrylic on Paper

Unframed

ADDITIONAL INFO FROM THE ARTIST: Decoding the 'My Kinda Enso' Series

What is Enso?

Traditionally, Enso is a sacred symbol in Zen Buddhism meaning circle. Drawing a Japanese calligraphic circle without stroke interruption is a manifestation of the artist at the moment of creation and the acceptance of our innermost self. The act of repeatedly creating enso circle paintings symbolizes strength, elegance, and one-mindedness.

My interpretation:

This Enso series differentiates from Traditional Japanese Enso Painting in two ways: color and composition. The color is a bronze paint that when diluted turns turquoise; such the painting is treated almost as a watercolor. The composition is sometimes circular, but breaks the traditional composition and is more of a direct interpretation and reaction after 20 minutes of meditation.

Why?

This series was born as a way to stay connected to my art practice as I travel. The papers are small enough to transport with me, and brush + paint easy enough to carry along. Every morning before presenting an art history lecture for Smithsonian when I'm abroad in Europe, I meditate and finish my internal session with a "closure" ceremony. Thus carrying my artist practice with me as well as further connecting it to my meditation practice, as they are one. You can read more here.

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Shipping & hanging:

9x12 in. works ship flat. 18x24 in. works ship rolled loosely in a tube. Both protected in plastic from weather conditions. 

Both sizes hang wonderfully in a gallery wall, to accent a bookshelf or accompany a room already filled with art.