n. The quality of being; existence as something.
I work in an industry were most people are terrified of empty space. Advertising clients invariably abhor blank areas in their ads – perceiving it as a ‘waste of money’. The Japanese have a much more enlightened approach, calling the intervals between things “Ma”. The principle is analogous to music – with the absence of pauses and spaces between notes, there would be no melody – no music – only confusion and discord. Same principle applies to the visual arts. Space is never a waste, it is the rhythm for the eye which guides and helps the viewer perceive coherently what the creator had in mind. Empty space has meaning. It defines and frames substance so that we can understand what we are looking at. The above series of images are heavily influenced by the monochrome Japanese painting style developed by the great Zen Monasteries of the 14th century. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasegawa_Tōhaku Hope you like them – and should you like one of them enough to want a pristine print on your wall, please write to me at email@example.com and we’ll chat about print sizes, prices and shipping arrangements. Thank you for your visit.