This poster was inspired by the election of Barack Obama. I saw the composition as an opportunity to experiment with with the visual vocabulary of Japanese calligraphy; with a rice paper-like background; and with some wacky little creatures I’d created using the airbrush tool in Adobe Photoshop. Friends literate in Kanji tell me that together the forms are meaningless. The paper was scanned from my grandfather’s collection of samples. The birds were an attempt to see what might emerge from the simplest possible shot of color.