Smoke Enso

Traditionally made with sumi-e ink, and completed in one stroke with one breath, the enso is considered to be a complete expression of the present moment. To make this set of ensos, I relied on the unpredictable elements of smoke and water or smoke and oil paint. The smoke is created by setting fire to the handles of old paint brushes. I like the way a simple circle, drawn with intention, can reveal a multitude of variations. The smoke makes the unseen air currents visible and expands the possibility of what a circle might enclose.