You, Me and Rose on the Sea
Medium: Etching with chîne-collé and hand-coloring
Dimensions: 4 3/8 x 5 7/8 inches (Image) 10 3/8 x 11 inches (Sheet)
Artist details: Japanese, 1969
Date finished: 2021
Edition: of 10
Recommended by Catherine (Collections Assistant):
"Mariko Ando's illustrative prints convey a feeling of childlike whimsy, but there is also an air of seriousness from the expressions of her subjects. In this piece, two rabbits are protectively watching over a caged rose on a tumultuous sea journey. Ando's use of color and texture adds so much to the story -- the juxtaposition of the striking colors of the rose and the rabbits' outfits against the hazy sky and the deep, rolling waves highlights the importance of the rabbits' mission to safeguard their precious rose. Perhaps the rose is a metaphor for that sacred thing one protects at all costs, throughout the wild waves and unpredictable currents of life."