Waterfalls exemplify impermanence. Although the water has distinct droplets within the form, it seems impossible to isolate it into parts as the water is rushing through gravity and appearing as a moving shape. Creating with washi paper fiber allows me to use the energy flow of the water inherent to paper making to move and coax the pigmented paper fibers into a composition. This way of working is very much in the present.

Though I often prepare sketches before I pour a waterfall, there is a particular flow when the paper fiber hits the screen and begins to dance. Zen principles of beauty in simplicity and nature have a hand in creation, inform my work and give it context in contemporary art.

Watch the NHK documentary “Confluence of Life” about the creation of Lapis Waterfalls for Komyoin Zen Temple