Koan - Cuts II
Material and Medium: collage on paper
Dimensions: Overall: 557 x 795mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.3934
The cone is a recurring form in Liliane Lijn’s work. Lijn calls her cones, ‘koans’ and as sculptures, they are usually sliced through with transparent materials and they sometimes rotate. Koan is a Japanese word for a short text that invites reflection or meditation, and is associated with Zen Buddhism.
In this collage, Lijn has made cones in two dimensions. The printed cones are cut into pieces that fly apart revealing their elliptical sections. They recall the volume of her sculptures.