A few days ago, on Instagram, I reposted this image, above right, of the Baltic Sea, Rügen, 1996, by Hiroshi Sigimoto whose work was in an exhibition – ended on 3 September 2017 – at the Chateau La Coste.
I find this image beautiful and peaceful – responses akin to those I feel when viewing the sparse monumental works of Rothko which are, in a similar way, magnificent, overwhelming and fundamentally grounding all at the same time.
From Hiroshi Sugimoto’s website, he writes of the Seascape series (of which this is one):
Water and air. So very commonplace are these substances, they hardly attract attention―and yet they vouchsafe our very existence. The beginnings of life are shrouded in myth: Let there water and air. Living phenomena spontaneously generated from water and air in the presence of light, though that could just as easily suggest random coincidence as a Deity. Let’s just say that there happened to be a planet with water and air in our solar system, and moreover at precisely the right distance from the sun for the temperatures required to coax forth life. While hardly inconceivable that at least one such planet should exist in the vast reaches of universe, we search in vain for another similar example. Mystery of mysteries, water and air are right there before us in the sea. Every time I view the sea, I feel a calming sense of security, as if visiting my ancestral home; I embark on a voyage of seeing.
That is so beautifully expressed, no?
‘A voyage of seeing’
… is just how I feel looking at these remarkable seascapes and so with Rothko too.
There is a book of the series, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Seascapes, available from all major booksellers.
The images below are a few examples from the book – all copyright is subject to the artist – and what a beautiful gift this would make for any occasion.
I, as you might guess, need no excuses to buy books and a copy will be snugly situated in my personal library as quickly as Amazon are able to get it to me..
Click through to Hiroshi Sugimoto to view a more comprehensive selection of this artist’s work.
Or simply enjoy the images you see here.