These paired creatures represent the elements of water and wind in Chinese cosmology: the dragon’s
swirling form conjures rain clouds, and the tiger embodies the wind’s terrible, unpredictable force.
Lee found in Sesson’s paintings intimations of a developing Japanese style distinct from Chinese
predecessors. Here, parody and pattern are at the forefront. The formidable, awe-inspiring tiger
takes on the demeanor of a curious house cat, and a once-snarling dragon’s face morphs into
an oddly befuddled human expression. Such exaggerated, humorously rendered faces suggest
a gentle domestication of these primal forces. Lee described Sesson’s work as inhabiting a world of
aesthetic awareness, in which brushstroke and pattern are primary and where waves are "arranged
in graceful and rhythmically repetitive reflex curves, primarily decorative shapes and only secondarily
water and foam."