28 May 2020
Typical Scholar's Rock
Last Stand II
30" x 40" x 12"
Traditionally appreciated by Chinese philosophers, scholar’s rocks can be any size or any color. These abstract forms were meant to represent nature in miniature on which the scholar could meditate on the beauty and mystery of nature.
This Foundling features an elegant piece of driftwood, that to me, conveys the same sense of abstract beauty that rocks represent. Framed within a circle and a square, a form I return to again and again, only heightens the natural elegance of the wood worn down by the power of the sea.
A work in progress laying on my workbench, waiting to be engineered, stained and finally assembled, “Last Stand II” still displays such mystery, even lying down.