Storing Life

貯塵

1979

Aoyama Sanu 青山杉雨

(Japanese, 1912–1993)
Image: 43 x 68.5 cm (16 15/16 x 26 15/16 in.); Framed: 57 x 83 cm (22 7/16 x 32 11/16 in.)
Location: not on view
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Read from right to left, the two characters in this calligraphy translate to “storing up dust” (chojin). The word used for dust appears in Buddhist sacred texts in which it can refer to everyday life. Aoyama Sanu’s phrase means to contemplate the moments making up an ordinary existence. It prompts contemplation of dust, and invites the viewer to consider the endlessly shifting nature of the materials that constitute our lives.
Storing Life

Storing Life

1979

Aoyama Sanu

(Japanese, 1912–1993)
Japan, Shōwa period (1926–89)

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