This accordion book is made in conjunction with Ma's 2011 installation of the same name at Art Space Niji. This drawing began in Kyoto, inspired by the elderly gallery director's silver locks, and was finished in the artist's studio in New York.
Marking the 30th anniversary of the Art Space: Niji Gallery, this catalogue features on Jennifer Wen Ma’s Exhibition “Tide—Inked Spring” at the gallery. A stone basin filled with black Chinese ink held a piece of floating silk, on which a video projection showed a hand and brush painting endless waves. Twelve small weeping cherry trees surrounded the basin, each painted black with ink. With time, flowers blossomed and tender green leaves grew out of the black, giving testimony to the power of renewal. The exhibition was held within one month of the Sendai earthquake and tsunami.
All the profits from this exhibition were donated to support those who were affected by Tohoku earthquake and tsunami with cooperation of the artist.
Tide–Inked Spring I
Unique scroll in booklet
Inspired by Kamagi-san's silver locks
Chinese ink on paper
12.5 x 218 cm