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
June 25, 2006
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.