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In this calligraphic piece I have abandoned the classical vertical arrangement of the Japanese characters and I have created instead an expressive dynamic space with autonomous 'body-characters' interacting.
This modern calligraphy renders a verse from The Sixth Patriarch’s Dharma Platform Sutra:
In the dark house of afflictions,
Always keep the sun of wisdom shining bright.
The characters from left to right and from top to bottom are:
煩惱: (large characters) afflictions
暗宅中 : in the dark house
常須生: always must live
慧日 : (large characters) the sun of wisdom
A calligraphy of this verse with the classical vertical arrangement is available at