“Pure Water”

In this print Morinoue uses symbolic, stylized and realistic images to evoke the play of light on water. In each of the four panels we see the reflections dancing on the water’s surface and the patterns beneath, as well as the symbol for `pure water’. Morinoue’s skills and experience are evident in the cutting of the intricate woodblocks and use of the distinctive grain of the wood. He overlays the inks and woodgrain to build a rich, fabric-like weave of color and texture. “Pure Water” is a nine color woodcut printed in an edition of 30 impressions, plus proofs, on white Thai Mulberry paper 18½ x 38½”.