According to this creation myth, in the beginning there was an empty darkness, a formless void of emptiness known as chaos.
The only thing emerging from that darkness was Nyx (night), a bird with black wings. With the wind, she laid a golden egg and for ages she sat upon this egg. Finally, life began to stir in the egg and out of it rose Eros, the god of love.
One half of the shell rose into the air and became the sky and the other became the Earth. Eros named the sky Uranus and the Earth he named Gaia.
"Earth is ancient now, but all knowledge is stored up in her. She keeps a record of everything that has happened since time began. Of time before time, she says little, and in a language that no one has yet understood. Through time, her secret codes have gradually been broken. Her mud and lava is a message from the past.
Of time to come, she says much, but who listens? "
Jeanette Winterson, Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles
For a long time, we have been creating platinum prints in addition to our colour prints made on gampi paper over gold leaves.
In this work we have also combined the rich matte finishing of platinum, with the silky touch of gampi paper and the warmth provided by the gold leaves to recall the ideas of the black bird and the golden egg.
For the imagery of Nyx, we have been inspired by the aesthetics of Haboku landscape painting.
"It doesn't look like much. It just looks like some spatters on a page but gradually an image, a landscape begins to appear. If you look at this picture longer, you still see more. The way it unfolds in front of your eyes. [...] Empty space is as important as the landscape it surrounds."
Dr. James Fox describing Tōyō Sesshū painting.