Koh-do (The Way of Incense) is a Japanese ceremonial art form similar to the tea ceremony. In Koh-do participants are said to listen to incense rather than to smell it. The use of listening rather than smelling has its origins in the Buddhist sutra in which the words of the Buddha are said to be as fragrant as incense. Participants display their skills of discernment by determining, while blindfolded, the origins of particular fragrances burned during the ceremony. Great skill and concentration are required.
These paintings are about listening to the fragrances of dreams, reflections, and contemplation and trying to discern their composition and give them Voice. Fragrances, that like the redolent smoke of incense, find form through the air and defy instant recognition.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” — Ralph Waldo Emmerson