Deep Joy

50  works created over 50 days.  All are 6×6″ on cradled panels. Encaustic, Oil, Cyanotype, and Collage.

What does it mean when say we feel deep joy? 

How do we know it?  How does one express it in art? As I contemplated this so many ways came forward. Here are a few that rose to the top for this project.

The Enso ( a Zen symbol ) when open is incomplete, allowing for movement and development and the perfection of all things. Closed, the Enso circle represents perfection, akin to Plato’s perfect form. We are cycling through both when joy arises and then recedes.

The lotus symbolizes purity of the body, speech, and mind. It is also symbolic of detachment as drops of water easily slide off its petals. In Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, “No Mud. No Lotus”, he refers to the mud as suffering and the Lotus as the natural arising out of our everyday struggle.

The Buddha, was believed to be a monk, sage, philosopher, and teacher. His image provides a gentle reminder to be compassionate, truthful, and engage in living with a happy heart. In other words, joyful.

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