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Water and Stone

The immaterial enters the impenetrable

This one was done as a monoprint on a zinc etching plate. It’s quite hard to capture the colour and texture on the paper but still it looks good to me.

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What’s softest in the world

rushes and runs

over what’s hardest in the world.


The immaterial

enters

the impenetrable.


So I know the good in not doing.


The wordless teaching,

the profit in not doing –

not many people understand it.


from Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, translation by Ursula K. Le Guin

Currently listening to: Scuba – Triangulation

Being Quiet

Brim-fill the bowl,

it’ll spill over.

Keep sharpening the blade,

you’ll soon blunt it.


Nobody can protect

a house full of gold and jade.


Wealth, status, pride,

are their own ruin.

To do good, work well and lie low

is the way of the blessing.


– From Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, translation by the always amazing Ursula K. Le Guin.  Her version of the text is beautifully simple and brings out the true depth of the original text in a really approachable way. Buy it, it’s even half price!