Always wise: “what do ? love…”

February 9, 2018

Lax what do

“what-do-?-love” words by Robert Lax (1915-2000) from “In the Beginning was Love: Contemplative Words of Robert Lax,” edited with an introduction by S. T. Georgiou (2015), design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

maplestream

Maple leafs floating in a stream design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

What-do-?-love card

Sumi-e, the dominant style of painting during the Kamakura Era (1185-1333) blended samurai aesthetics of simplicity with Zen, utilizing black inks of varied shades from grey to black… these designs infill the black with a colored pattern so that there is no black. Sumi-e, noted for its purity and simplicity, reflects the eternal nature of the subjects with minimalism that is relevant for the Lax word-picture and the internal pattern evokes the energy of a favorite trade with bead motif.

 

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