by Amy Dyson
Amy Dyson creates Ensō every day in her studio at One Zen Place.
Enso means ‘circular form’ in the Japanese language and has been interpreted in many ways. Enso are created with one breath and produced by hand in one stroke. Enso are an expression of the artist’s inner self "in the moment".
A Japanese minimalist aesthetic, Enso have numerous meanings including enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe and the void. Enso may also represent a Zen mindset, tranquility, balance, infinity, wholeness, human consciousness and many other interpretations.
Amy Dyson enjoys the sunrise while drawing 'Washaway Enso' in the sand of Vero Beach in Florida.
Man O' War | Washaway Enso
As she walks Vero Beach for morning meditation, Amy Dyson draws 'Washaway Enso' during sunrise and often includes whatever she happens upon, such as Portuguese Man O' War. (Background music is the song, "So Long" composed by Pianist-Composer John Ryan and performed by a 32-piece orchestra)
Giant Zulu Starfish Flower Brushes
Amy Dyson creates Ensō with 5 Giant Zulu Starfish flowers.
"Art perception is a reflection of life experience.
A reflection of the artist is intrinsic in all art.
Both of these factors are especially apparent within Enso,
as they are a reflection of the artist in that moment."
— Amy Dyson
Lascaux and Enso
Discoveries within the Upper Paleolithic art of Lascaux in France influenced art historian Amy Dyson to study humankind's perception of art, which led to extensive research in human consciousness. The Galloping Mare of Lascaux (c.17,000 B.C.E.) complements the nearby Enso that was created as a tribute to the cave of Lascaux with yellow ochre prehistoric symbolism etched within the background of the painting.