New York 2014
scroll that can be hung in either direction
art=scroll 27.5 x 53 inches
The Path (reversible)
Yoko Nishina inscribed two poems using the subject of a path (michi) by Matsuo Bashō on this image painted by Lucy Arai. The autumn poem is
Kono michi o iku hito nashi ni aki no kure
“Nary a person on the road this autumn evening”
The spring poem is
Harusame ya yomogi o nobasu kusa no michi
“Spring rain and the road--overgrown by mugwort”
In the sidebar, the top image has the autumn poem reading in the proper orientation, the lower image has the spring poem. Yoko wrote the poems in a very cursive style so that at first glance they don’t necessarily appear upside down.
This scroll does not have a round rod. Each end has a split round, as is normally found at the top of a scroll.