Zen in America — Niki Banffy Nesbitt
Inspiration: 50 years of Zen (Suzuki Roshi came to the US in 1959 and began the American zen buddhist practice).
About the Art: Wheel of dharma (Buddhist)
The significance of the number: 59 – 1959 was when Suzuki Roshi came to the US.
Materials: pen and ink — stenciled method
Size: 4 inches x 6 inches
About the Artist: This world we move through from birth to death is our home.
The hotel room, the cafe, the street corner, the beach, the log by the lake. These are each sacred and beautiful spaces that we experience every day for a moment, for a lifetime, once, or revisited again and again, sometimes with great awareness, other times with little notice. My work attempts to express a spirit of place, slivers of this world’s beauty, natural and man made. I am keenly aware of the impermanence of form as I draw. Stippled marks of dark ink fall on to white paper. Shapes, texture, pattern push forward through negative space, becoming whole and revealing subtle form. When form falls away, they are simply marks on paper.
My photographs are snapshots of subject matter captured in the sacred moment of a quiet meeting. I attempt to reflect on and record an intimacy of shared space. Once the shutter is released, that moment has slipped away.It is my hope that those who view my work will rest within the moment of its expression and reflect upon the limitless, simple beauty of the world around us…from austere and perfectly composed mountain peaks to the broken window in the warehouse reflecting light in a puddle on the floor.
If you’re curious to see more information about Niki’s artwork, you can see more at NikiBanffyNesbitt.com
Price: This piece is not currently for sale: There are great reasons to purchase Penny Experiment art. If you would like to purchase Zen In America #59 or other artwork from this 100 Penny Postcard Art series, please email me and I will put you on my list to inform when this series is for sale.