Carol Chase Bjerke
TITLE: Enso to Bone
MEDIUM: gelatin silver limnograph
DIMENSIONS/RUN TIME: 17 1/4″ x 21 1/4″
DESCRIPTION/STATEMENT: At the culmination of a fifteen-year Art and Healing project, Enso emerged as a symbol for my being here now. It references the Japanese word for Zen circles of enlightenment, and on a more mundane level the medical supplies and procedures necessary for maintenance of an altered body after treatment for occurrences of colorectal cancer. The final healing occurred when the root chakra reconnected to the skeletal base as photographic developer was applied to exposed paper in my traditional wet darkroom with the room lights turned on.