The Floating
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"In the middle of the world we float, in the middle of the sea. realities remain remote, in the middle of the sea. kings are burning somewhere, wheels are turning somewhere,
wars are being won, things are being done somewhere out there. not here. Here, we paint screens."
 
– Stephen Sondheim

These paintings spring directly from the "Shunga Series". They further explore Japanese culture through an array of sources, from mythology and kabuki drama to nuclear war. It is a Western perspective on Japanese iconography, design and narrative, which explores the Buddhist concept of ukiyo, the temporal or "floating world."

© 2016 Gwynn Goodner