Enso is a Japanese word meaning circle, strength, creativity, elegance, and enlightenment. In Zen Buddhist painting the enso symbolizes a moment when the mind is free to let the body/spirit create. The brushed ink of the circle is done in one movement without modification. It shows the character of an artist and the expressive movement of her spirit at that moment in time.
In Buddhism the random, uncontrollable movements of a monkey symbolize the unsettled human mind – wavering in purpose, indecisive, prone to procrastination and outside temptations, capricious and ruled by uncontrollable passions. Thus, the expression “monkey mind.”
Enso Monkey describes the artist and her work in which elegant, spiritual inklings battle baser attractions, such as chocolate and red wine. At the height of inspiration, she is effective in speech and action; her work is clear and precise. Still, she is easily distracted and restless. She procrastinates, sometimes for years. Her photographs are, at times, pure and untouched. At others, they are worked (and reworked) to the brink of destruction and disillusionment.