[2018 – ongoing]
In the northwest of Kyoto, Japan, lies a mysterious rock garden. The designer and the meaning of the garden remain an enigma, and have been a source of speculation for centuries. The rocks in this garden are aesthetically so perfectly arranged in space, that eventually you cease to be aware of the separation between both rocks and empty space.
In Japan, this is called 間, or ‘ma’. It can mean space, interval, blank, pause, empty, or distance. 間 is best described as a consciousness of place, not in the sense of a three dimensional form, but rather the simultaneous awareness of form and non-form.
This project is an exploration into how negative space relates to positive and how 間 can influence your state of mind.