This series of prints and subsequent book making comes from ideas of Chinese Zen calligraphy and its precursor, the oracle bones that ancient shamans would use in their divination practices. There is a lot of writing about the relationship between humans, language and the natural environment that I have come across over the years. There appears to be a direct correlation between the division of the idea of human and nature and the more abstract language has gotten, especially from the oral tradition. These prints are an attempt to move back to the immediacy of language, nature and human action. The prints are made primarily of rolling bamboo across a substrate in a ceremonial fashion to gain some information or knowledge of the relationship between humans and nature. Like the oracle bones used, perhaps some sort of dialogue can be taken from the prints.
January 1, 2000