New York 2014

   Phoenix 

A character pronounced Ootori, written in highly cursive grass script

art 28 x 38.5 inches

scroll 32 x 50

Phoenix - grass script

Calligraphy by Yoko Nishina, background acrylic color by Sarah Brayer. 

The ancient Chinese legendary phoenix was thought to bring up the wind in the updraft of its enormous wings. Before the modern character for ‘wind’ came into use, this character, which has the wind radical enclosing a bird element, was used to mean wind.

The mounting of this piece is done in Western proportions.

Mounting of unryu paper, habutai, and crepe silk. Crackle-glaze ceramic finials.