Mountains and Water

These pieces are inspired by traditional Chinese pen-jing, literally 'potted landscape'. Each landscape has two components: mountains and water, or shan-shui. Each shan-shui landscape is its own world. Not a representation. An actual world. In a pot.

We made them out of paper because we like paper. And because paper is cheap, disposable and everyday: perfect for creating possibility, mystery and subtlety.

And we wrote little haikus for each of the landscapes. 'Cos of Zen.

Winter

Winter claws at door / Burn slow incense and watch for / Blossom in the snow

Spring

Wet rock, spring splashes / New leaves welcome old friends home / Two cranes, and three eggs

Summer

Pour hot tea and wait / Thick summer breeze; tea’s gone cold. / No one came today

Autumn

Autumn fire; cold night / Wonder where that boat’s going / Come back! Lonely house