- Trajectory of Marks
Sumi- e derived from two Japanese characters no 濃 (dense) and tan 淡 (dilute). Together they mean “no-tan” meaning the different ink densities produced by water and ink. Sumi-e is a black ink painting on white paper. Simplicity is the most outstanding characteristic of this wash painting technique.
In a modern legend, it tells the story of an artist, who was asked to make a catalog of marks. Pages of marks were created and the tools that were used to create the marks with were left out. When asked why, the artist explained that the tools were the physical and tangible elements of the physical world. By depicting the tools life will be given to them. The imprints that are left on the page simply reduced the appearance of the tools and keeps their souls. The souls of the tools are the marks and yet their trace is just a capture of the unseen.