Beggar’s Banquet is my art studio. I create collages made from different Japanese papers, cutouts from Japanese cooking magazines, Japanese books about food and daily living, paper scraps having to do with food, as well as from cutouts from Asian art show catalogues.
The words in the collages are from the text “Instructions for the Cook” which was written by Zen Master Dogen in 1237. The same text is available today under the title “How to cook your Life”. It describes the responsibilities of the tenzo, who is the head cook in a traditional Zen monastery. The level of attention, precision and commitment needed for preparing food is a great metaphor to how we relate to everything in life.
These collages are great to have in one’s kitchen as a reminder to pay attention to the food we are cooking. And, they are beautiful!