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Edo Skin

Edo Skin


Japanese cherry blossoms part to reveal ontological realms beneath the floral mantle. Under the drape of splendor, the verity of a society’s inequities may be glimpsed in a moment of lucidity. It was said, in a speculative biographical film on the enigmatic Japanese woodblock print artist Sharaku, that “life during the Edo period (1615-1868) was like cherry blossom viewing over the mouth of hell”.

18″ x 9.625″
Watercolor and graphite on paper
Signature Date:
June 25, 2006
Archival Framing:
Each custom made, museum quality Japanese wood frame has been further enhanced with an undercoating of purple clay, with an overlay of hand-gilded, silver leaf, which covers the entire front of the frame, including the inset double-beveled edge.  Original, watercolor paintings “float” within each frame, in classic spatial proportions, and are mounted on archival mats, with organic wheat paste, and covered with UV protected glass.