A Dip into 'My Kinda Enso' Series

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.

Artworks from this series are constantly being added & I have only displayed online some older versions which you can browse & even purchase online.

Contact me for full catalogue of updated works. I do not accept commissions for this series, as this is a very personal part of my practice.