This series of 50 small works were created over 50 days. Looking at the concepts of silence, perfection and mystery.
The ensō symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, and the universe. Open, the circle is incomplete, allowing for movement and development as well as the perfection of all things. I agree with the philosophy of Zen practitioners akin the idea to wabi-sabi or the beauty of imperfection. Closed, it represents perfection, akin to Plato’s perfect form.
A lotus is symbolic of purity of the body, speech, and mind. It is also symbolic of detachment as drops of water easily slide off its petals. The book by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, “No Mud. No Lotus”, referring to the mud as suffering and the Lotus as the natural arising out of the struggle.
They say the Buddha, was a monk, sage, philosopher, and a teacher. Here I use the term and image to represent the aim we take to be kind, truthful, and deeply know oneself.
Showing at the Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica CA, 11th Annual 50/50 Art show September 2019 until September 22, 50 days/ 50 small works, 6″ x 6″, cyanotype, encaustic, oil, book covers and found papers on panel.
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