CATALOG NO. B24 2004
Garden
A Zen Rock Garden

Book closed

Specifications Edition of 50
5" x 13" Ink on paper 4 pages plus title page and hand cut cover - with music CD Total Time: 32 min.
Part of Garden, a multi-part work

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Garden video with edited music composition

Garden by Thomas Parker Williams is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

Garden, a multi-part work, is based on the concept of a Japanese Zen rock garden. Responding to a call for entries for a sound works show, I became intrigued with the concept and decided to expand into a series about the Garden, adding an artist book and fifteen paintings to the music. Through all three media, I explored the Garden's basic elements - a rectangular low wall, raked gravel, iconic stones - and their relationships in time and space.

Garden painting set


Artist Book, Edition of 50 Each artist book features fifteen unique brushed ink drawings on paper that I embossed in various patterns to mimic the Garden's raked gravel. I hand cut a multi-layered cover so it could be closed in a variety of ways. Each book includes a music CD.

Music Several layers of percussion form the foundation of a seventeen-section original music composition. Between Entry and Exit music, the percussion supports woodwind solos representing a journey to the fifteen stones. All of the music was performed and recorded by the artist.

Garden Page

Title page

Garden Page

Book page

Garden Page

Book page

Garden Page

Book page

Garden Page

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