From series “Imprints of Practice II: Examplings of Play” (1998-2003)
Ink and acrylic on rice paper
18 x 24 inches / 46 x 61 centimeters (unframed)
Shipped from California, USA

1 ($2,000)

of rice
as ground
of appearances,
the facing

of rope
as the turning
of emotions,
the tracing

of paint
as the seed
of presence,
the spacing

now leap, leap"

Torben Ulrich's note:
3. Rainbow rope: acrylics on rice paper. Spectrum of acrylic colors smeared onto rope. Imprints of practice also in the sense of hour-long skipping with singular rope, slowly marinating, as it were, acrylics into rope, to get smooth (yet reasonably clear) transitions between colors.
Leaping, looping, as playful action: tying, untying connections with Earth (and the other Elements, Water, Fire, Air, Space). Additionally, color scheme (yellow, white, red, green, blue) related to athletic elements as well: firmness (bone, muscle), flexibility (joints, tendons, ligaments), speed (intensities, rates of metabolism), endurance (conditioning, lungs to blood to muscle etc.), fifth element of Space as 'organ of wholeness' (coordinating, integrating agent).
Skipping then again: circular repetition, as non-repetition. (See also note 12.)

(Number refers to this note, not the work's reference number. These notes can be read on their own and also as an ensemble, or set of concentric circles that can be read both from outside in and inside out. See the full Notes on Balligraphies.)

(See thoughts from Torben Ulrich about some of his works in Notes on Balligraphies.)