Green Smoke Rising, 2006
Print on photographic paper, edition of 100, 1000mm x 605 mm.
£265 framed, £200 unframed
Tanka are an ancient form of Japanese Poetry still used today. The Tanka Seasons and Green Smoke Rising artworks are a response to Japanese Tanka poetry written about a thousand years ago, between 1250 AD and 850 AD. The poems are ancient but the imagery expressed in them is still true today. I linked the old poems with contemporary imagery and technology to produce digital prints. Their content resonates across time and space from the Far East to the West.
I discovered the Tanka poems and oriental aesthetics while studying at York St John University in 2005 and 2006 under the guidance of Dr Hisashi Nakamura. Dr Nakamura is a founder of the Anglo-Japanese Tanka society (www.tankasociety.com) and originally translated the poems into English. He later published them in a book The Floating Bridge: Tanka Poems in English (ISBN 978-1-85072-360-8).
How sad to think
That my body will end in pale green
A mist over the fields.
Poem by Ono No Komanchi, c.850, translated by Dr Hisashi Nakamura.