Forms of Japan
I. FORMS OF UNITY (Hatome No Katachi)
Forms of Continuation (tsuranari)
Forms of Union (musubi)
Forms of Arrangement (kubari)
II. FORMS OF FORCE (Chikara No Katachi)
Forms of Support (sasae)
Forms of Curve
III. FORMS OF ADAPTATION (Yudane No Katchi) Forms of Fluidity (nagare)
Forms of the Natural
of natural things
IV. FORMS OF CHANGE (Kawari No Katachi) Forms of Reduction
which are rolled
which are erased
which are folded
Forms of Twisting
Forms of Severing
Forms of Transfiguration
Your assignment is to look at the Forms of Japan above and pick a grouping or several groupings and find an object or cluster of objects from nature which fit the grouping you have chosen.
Forms of Collection (atsumo)
of grouping of gathering
of heaping etc.
could be leaves or stones
Forms of Enclosure (kakomi)
could be shells or muscle
Forms of Severing (kirihanashi)
could be wood
Forms of Fluidity
You see my "drift"?
Try to work with the notion of "gesture" and with "contour". Use charcoal and eraser on arches cover buff paper.
Fill the whole page, larger than life, on this sheet of paper. Work at least 30" x 42".
Try to work with both a sense of touch (contour) and the tracing of the movement of the form in space (gesture). Carefully observe the form you choose. Does the leaf have a crumpling "fall" line or a "lift" of a gesture?
This is an assignment to introduce the subjects of contour and gesture to the content of nature and observation.