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Write Around PAM: Miyashita Zenji

As we move towards the winter solstice and our nights continue to lengthen, we are exploring the gifts and challenges of the darkness, along with the expectant hope of the return of the light. This piece by Miyashita Zenji feels like the perfect companion for this time. We invite you to spend some time sitting with this piece, seeing what arises in you, and writing about it. Before or after you write, we invite you to learn more about Miyashita’s life and work. 

We have two prompts to help you get started. As always, you can choose one, both, or write whatever else comes. Set a timer for 12 mins and just keep your pen moving.

Under the stars… / “What can you see?”

Writing in community is powerful. We are grateful to our longtime partner Write Around Portland for the writing prompts and inspiration. You can revisit past Sunday posts and look for continuing weekly posts through the fall. Please share your work with us! @writearoundpdx @portlandartmuseum #RespectWritingCommunity #WriteAroundPAM 

Miyashita Zenji, Enkū (Spherical Void), 1999, stoneware with appliquéd bands of saidei (“colored clay”: thin, dyed layers of clay), Museum Purchase: Funds provided by Richard Kroll, no known copyright restrictions, 2019.37.1