Saved by Zero

ZERO — artist Mineo Mizuno (2011)

Much of Mineo Mizuno’s work centers around water, ranging from color-saturated teardrops to oval forms representing water drops, such as this one. Decorated with the Japanese character for zero, the calligraphy dissolves into a sublime surface pattern. For the artist, repeatedly painting the character is a meditative experience and connected to Zen principles — Crocker Art Museum information card

Look for: The cavity at the center of the piece, a reference to the hollowed-out stones filled with water in traditional Japanese gardens. In an outdoor environment, this piece is also meant to hold water.

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