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Ayan Rivera

For me, Sumi-e is both a creative and mindfulness practice. Sumi means ink in Japanese. The materials are fairly minimal (brush, ink stick, ink stone, paper). An ink stick primarily made of soot is rubbed on a stone with water which produces sumi ink. Once one masters the skill of the stroke, the hope is for the skill to fall away along with all thought creating space for both clarity and spontaneity. The brushstroke cannot be altered or erased so each stroke guides the next. Rather than bringing an idea into reality, the process is guided by the present moment.

I paint for the brief moments when the eye, hand, and brush move together without the mind and when letting go allows something else to move through. What does this look like? First it looks like a lot of time spent rubbing an ink stick onto a stone. Admittedly it looks tedious from the outside. Why not just use pre-made ink? The grinding of the ink sloughs off the crusty chatter of my mind. Then a slow slide into stillness and when I get lucky, a little clarity and then I am out of my own way.

Ayan lives and works on Bainbridge Island, Washington.



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AYAN RIVERA: LPRO 12

AYAN RIVERA: LPRO 12

Autumn portfolio. Sumi ink on paper. Dimensions: 17" x 12".
$270.00
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AYAN RIVERA: LPRO 24

AYAN RIVERA: LPRO 24

Spring portfolio. Sumi ink on paper. Dimensions: 7" x 17.5".
$180.00
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AYAN RIVERA: LPRO 46

AYAN RIVERA: LPRO 46

Autumn portfolio. Sumi ink on paper. Dimensions: 18" x 27".
$540.00
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