Visions of the Floating World



This Series is inspired by the Japanese Okiyoe tradition. Both elements are important focus of inspiration: The themes of the paintings for being as close to the historic document as to the fairy tale, creating a very interesting vision of the world. On the other side the use of the different plains of description and narration of reality without having to be faithful to perspective and verisimilitude.

The floating World was two things. It was a state of mind in which pleasure was all that counted, and it was a real place. The most famous formulation of Flotation as mental condition from the Tales of Floating (Ukiyo monogatari) Published in 1660: Living only for the moment, turning our full attention to the pleasures of the moon, the snow,  the cherry blossoms and the maple leaves; singing songs, drinking wine, diverting ourselves in just floating, floating; caring not a whit for the pauperism staring us in the face, refusing to the disheartened, like a gourd floating along the river current; this is what we call floating world.

Assai Ryoi; Ukiyo monogatari, quoted in Richard Lane, Images of the Floating World, Oxford University press, Oxford 1978. P. II