A celestial monad inspired by a particular Japanese fan, the tessen.
Its original name 鉄扇 means “IRON FAN” because it is composed of metal blades, more or less sharp, which unfold into an arc of a circle. When folded into a compact block, it transforms into a massive stick … and discreet.
The tessen is part of the GUNBAÏ, that is to say the martial art fans. Samurais and ninjas used it mainly as a defensive weapon, as did women and merchants who sometimes wore a tessen to reassure themselves. Its mastery is acquired through specific training, focused on parries. There is also a Chinese version in Tai Chi Chuan.
A strong symbolism in this “Swiss knife” which has found a new place today: its manipulation in choreographed martial art, very aesthetic, evokes the IQ, the fundamental principle of Asian cosmology.
This concept intersects at the same time Western notions of air, energy and breath. I worked TESSEN” in powerful monad, dense blue, solid sky.