#Crow31Days | Day 30at Crow Collection of Asian Art
Japanese artist and scientist Iwasaki Tsuneo painted as an act of devotion
(Iwasaki is his family name, followed by his given name, Tsuneo, according to Japanese custom). Deftly interlacing his fluency in the languages of Buddhism, science, and art, Iwasaki portrays resonances he discovered between scientific and Buddhist views of reality to convey that all beings are an integral part of an ever transforming and vast cosmos. Making use of characters from the Heart Sutra—a text prized for its pithy expression of the core Mahayana Buddhist principles of wisdom and compassion—he extended the devotional practice of copying scripture. Instead of separating the verses into vertical blocks, he shaped the characters into artistic imagery drawn from ephemeral beauties of nature, Buddhist cultural life, and microscopic and telescopic wonders.
DNA and more of Iwasaki Tsuneo’s work is currently on view as part of Wisdom of Compassion: The Art and Science of Iwasaki Tsuneo (1917-2002) through June 11 in the Mezzanine.