2009, Sumi-e ink, pastel, pigment on Chinese paper

This series was inspired by a 19th century Japanese book with music scores. The musical symbols, which I cannot decipher, have a joyous and strong quality, different from that of letters. For the first time I have been using a large-dimension brush and I found that to stretch the gesture with that brush I had to use a square format. Behind the symbols I have traced in a paler ink other symbols that are like shadows and create a sense of perspective in the landscape, faintly colored with washes of yellow, ochre, green or red. Other shapes, light inprints , give the feeling that the symbols have been traced on an ancient wall, pockmarked with water and rust stains. I want these paintings to look almost accidental.