The poem is by Mizuta Masahide, a 17th-century Japanese poet.
Barn's burnt down --For many reasons, this poem has been helpful to me over the years. I think it is mostly a reminder that things change and simplification, even when it seems catastrophic, can lead to better things.
I can see the moon.
Here is the tapestry. It is called Barn Burned Down (Now I can See the Moon).
|Barn Burned Down (Now I Can See The Moon), 5 x 17 inches, hand-dyed wool tapestry|
That piece had a companion piece called (Barn Burned Down) Now I can see the Moon. I don't recommend ever naming two piece with the same words in the same order with only parenthesis as a distinction. I submitted both of the pieces to the show and it was hard for me to figure out which one actually got in! And you can see that if you go to my website which has the names reversed. Perhaps it doesn't matter that much as both tapestries were about the burning and I have yet to weave one about the moon. Perhaps that should be up next on my list.
|(Barn Burned Down) Now I Can See the Moon, 5 x 17 inches, hand-dyed wool tapestry|
By the way, I accidentally set the second tapestry on end in my studio one day and a student said she liked it that way. I think I do also. What do you think?