Suminagashi or “floating ink,” is a paper marbling process that originated in Japan by Shinto monks in the 12th century. This process produces mono prints by painting patterns directly onto the surface of water with ink, laying down a piece of paper, and removing after a few seconds. This meditative exercise captures in visual form a moment in time when nature bonds with the human spirit. Artist Sto Len appropriates this technique in various forms of printmaking with water that he calls, Tsunaminagashi. Renouncing the fussiness historically associated with marbling, Sto’s work instead celebrates chaos and nature. Layers of oil paint, vegetable oils, spray paint, dirt and various debris is built up on the water surface in large kiddie pools, wooden trays and buckets for hours and sometimes days while preparing a print.