Ukiyo-The Sadness of Life       Deborah L. Runnels  •  Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA

Ukiyo-The Sadness of Life
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SOLD 43 x 32 inches

The word ukiyo (sadness of life) was originally a Buddhist idea of the transitory nature of life. The character, meaning “to float,” was substituted for the word transitory in the 1600s to express a hedonistic culture of a “floating world.” The wave symbolizes the powerful natural environmental occurrences of the earth and its elements that we cannot control. The floating world is a metaphor for the materialistic overload of our society and the isolating impact it has on us.

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