This was a collaborative project with Thailand-based artist, Panorjit Palatthuam. In Zen Buddhism, an Ensō is a circle that is hand drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create. In this project, I began experimenting with Ensō circles and cut-ups from poems I had written composed of ten syllable lines. Each line was pulled out of a box at random and composed into a four line, forty syllable haiku – the structure referencing the four equal sides of the Mandala. Each circle was filled with colours of the rainbow (seven main chakras) and the text hand written onto the paper. I created thirty six pieces and sent them to Norj in Thailand. I asked her to choose one to keep and place the rest as she saw fit around a forest in the Phetchabun province of North Thailand, upon which Norj emailed a number of images to me. The title of the project took inspiration from, ‘Steppenwolf’ by Herman Hesse, one of Norj’s favourite books.
2012, photography by Panorjit Palatthuam.