A shoreline reflection in a lake with plenty of empty space


Ma is the negative space — the space that makes the whole. Formed by the rather beautiful Chinese characters of 'Door' and 'Sun', like the sun gleaming through a doorway, it represents what isn't there and how that helps form what is.

Ma is present in art, including beautiful minimalistic ink brush drawings, and music where the silence and quiet that surrounds the notes help make a piece what it is.

Some vintage-related sketches: figure and ground, use white space with care, John Cage

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