"In Basho's Garden"
Title: "In Basho's Garden"
Medium: copper plate engraving
Size: 11" x 23 3/4"
Price: $500 ( unframed )
Notes: I have a tendency to collect things and let them live on widow ledges. The dried wisteria and the acorn squash lived there for a couple of years until the day came that it made sense to use them together. The reason that this made sense was part of an ongoing exploration of the medium of engraving. Engraving, by its nature, tends to lead the artist to straight lines and cross hatches. The forms of the squash and the wisteria don't lend themselves to those kinds of line-making solutions.
The title came some time later into the printing process. I had the experience of living in Japan for a few years. While there I had the opportunity to visit the city of Kyoto. Kyoto was the seat of the emperor for most of Japan's history; consequently, there are many palaces, gardens, shrines and temples. In one of these gardens there is a small hut with a small enclosed space in front of it where the 17th century poet Basho was reputed to have resided for a time. In my imagination these were the sorts of objects one might have found in a haiku masters garden.
In Basho's Garden price (unframed) : $500