Sand Sorting / Ruminations

Graphite on 29 1/2 x 21 1/2 inch paper

Each image is created by drawing tiny circles; the darker the area the more pressure I used while making the mark. They are meditative pieces inspired by pages 69-71 in Zen in the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.  Phaedrus, the main character, has a metaphorical knife that separates and divides ideas in a way to understand the world. The dividing or separating is related to a handful of sand that is sorted into different piles.

“We take a handful of sand from the endless landscape of awareness around us and call that handful of sand the world (69).”