Lu, 220 x 220
Detail from scroll (980 x 355)
torn khadi papers, stainless steel gauze, acrylic paints
lurex threads, textured canvas, ceramic tile fragment
I dug out my Zen and Taoist texts, poked around online encyclopedialand, and found that Mu and Ku are Japanese words with – to the uninitiated – apparently similar meaning.
Mu: lit. nothing. Space, emptiness, clearness, transparency.
Ku: lit. sky, space, mouth. Three-dimensional void, sunyata, emptiness.
Wu is a Chinese Taoist word. Lit. not have, without. Commonly used to indicate not-being, creative quietude, letting-be. Not too far out of step with Mu and Ku, it seems to me.
Then I looked up Lu. Unsurprisingly it’s a shortening of Louisa, and guess what? It means famous warrior and light. I don’t know about the warrior bit, but I love the light.
And I love the way my work teaches me all I need to know.