So I know I said last week i’d post another update but due to work and wifi issues that had to be postponed – even as I type this the internet is still temperamental so will try and schedule posts for the next week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)!
In last week’s post I explained what I was working on for my elective module. The studio module is different in that we don’t have to work to a brief (even though we can be influenced by it). My idea started when I produced a drawing of circles for the exhibition in October. Something really resonated with me when I was creating that drawing and I wanted to continue with that feeling – also the concept of transformation of both the drawing systematically and my state of mind when creating.
At one of our group critiques we had started to talk about Buddhism which reminded me of the large painting piece I created in first year. I decided to delve into researching some more and conveniently turned up the concept of Ensō:
n Zen Buddhism, an ensō (円相 , “circle”?) is a circle that is hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create.
The ensō symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and mu (the void). – Wikipedia
Typically created with calligraphy brushes I wanted to create a modern version using fine liner pens. I decided to make this drawing very large – A0 size in fact! I’ve been counting how long it’s taken so far and I’m definitely past 24 hours (will give exact time when finished) but here’s hoping I can finish it in time, despite the hand cramps!
(the photographs are from when I started the drawing – it is much larger now!)