Title: No Sight but See by Ears, Poet Semimaru, 2016
Description: Portrait of Semimaru, a well-known poet and a musician during early Heian Period (794-1185) in Japan. He played the lute (which is a string instrument like guitar), and the music he plays mesmerized many people. He lived alone by a busy slope in Kyoto, and wrote a famous poetry. I interpreted his poet more vivid and energetic way, not much of wabi-sabi mood… I’m glad my AD Mori allowed me to take this direction. He was certainly surprised my interpretation, but gave me a go-sign! I believe Poet Semimaru imagined his surroundings (people come and go, shops, traffics in this busy slope) through his ears.