This contemporary work was inspired by a medieval Buddhist “five elements” pagoda, designed to contain relics of the Buddha. These pagodas represent the constituents of the cosmos, which are typically identified as earth (square), water (sphere), fire (pyramid), wind (half-moon), and air (jewel shape). The water sphere of this pagoda contains a small photograph of the ocean, printed from a negative that the artist used in the creation of a series of large-scale seascapes.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection," October 20, 2015–January 22, 2017.