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Deep Joy

50 small 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? 

Often symbolizing the infinite and cyclical nature of existence  Open, the Enso is incomplete, allowing for movement and development and the perfection of all things. The philosophy of Zen practitioners are akin to the idea of wabi-sabi or the beauty of imperfection. Closed, the Enso circle represents perfection, akin to Plato’s perfect form.

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. The late Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, “No Mud. No Lotus”, refers to the mud as suffering and the Lotus as the natural arising out of our everyday struggle.

The Buddha was a monk, sage, philosopher, and teacher.  The image represents a gentle reminder to be compassionate, truthful, and engage in living with a happy heart. 

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