Green Smoke Rising, Tanka

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 (  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
After all,
A mist over the fields.

Poem by Ono No Komanchi, c.850, translated by Dr Hisashi Nakamura.


ainesse said...

Beautiful print(s) Catherine. I am amazed at what you get up to with arranging the clothes on the washing line and in the wardrobes /photos etc.


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Fred Varin said...

Fantastic work, you have always created art that evokes emotion and passion!