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Monday, October 19, 2020

First Use of the Suzuki Enso


First Use of this Enso

was for a benefit art show toward the purchases of Tassajara. Here's what I wrote about it for the in-progress 2nd edition of Crooked Cucumber:

Spending a whole afternoon on a cushion at the low table in his office, at the request of his student, Mike Dixon, Suzuki drew an enso, a sumi circle, for a poster announcing a benefit art show, drawing one incomplete circular stroke after another, going through sheet after sheet of rice paper, till he got a stroke that satisfied him. It was soon used as well for the cover of a fundraising brochure. He didn't do a voluminous amount of calligraphy, as is common among Japanese priests, but this simple enso would come to greet countless gazes. Mike designed the poster. His artist name is Willard Dixon.

Right now having a problem getting it to show on the page on for this enso but that will be fixed within a day so here's that page.