Recto by Lan-chih Kuo: Inscription: Drinking Tea in Mt. Lu. Copy after a painting by Wen Cheng-ming. I ask for advice from Mr. ? Le-an. Kuo Lan-chih of Ch'i-t'ing. One artist's seal: Ch'i-t'ing. Verso by Tse-kai T'an: Calligrphy: a prose; Inscription: To Mr. ? Le-an. T'an Tse-k'ai. One artist's seal follows the inscription.
This is an ink drawing in shades of black and brown. In the center there is a figure of a seated nude woman with her back to the viewer. The top of her head is a swirl of dark black lines. In the upper right corner is a three-masted sailing ship.
This drawing was created during Driscoll's work on a multi-year project called, "Ahab's Wife", a performance piece inspired by "Moby Dick" and performed in1968 at the Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater. This collaborative project combined, movement, poetry and visual arts to explore the persona of Ahab's unnamed wife. This work was also included in the UMMA exhibition, "Ellen Driscoll: Ahab's Wife, Working Drawings and Model", February 1, 1997 - March 16, 1997.