Travel Destination: Japan
Journey of Gesture: research and transcription. My time in Tokyo would also include research into traditional and contemporary Japanese art and culture through the visits to museums, galleries and temples. I would transcribe my journey around the country with traditional ink and brush in a series of travel journals made of Mulberry paper. I would integrate my new, albeit limited, understanding of calligraphy with my own drawing sensibilities to capture the essence of the experience of place and people. From Toshogu, the lavishly decorated shrine in Nikko, to Miyajima, know as the “shrine island”, with it’s famous Torii gate, I would use my drawings to interact with people I meet along the way and have them add their own marks to my travel documentary. This, in turn, would allow me to continue to improve my calligraphic ability in the apprentice style of copying the marks of others.
Complete Travel Proposal and Budget: Olney