Ink and Watercolor on Paper
Ebba 1998. Alkyd and acrylic on wood panel, 14 x 13 inches. In preparation for an upcoming talk, I have been looking back at some of my work from the mid-1990’s, particularly images featuring spirals and moiré patterns.
SO I didn’t have much time but I still decided to take Julie Dillon’s merfolk challenge, because MERMAIDS. Anyway, this is how it turned out.
I was reading this book of advice for artists and one of the tips was to read obituaries every morning to remind you of your own mortality, thus making you unafraid to take risks. I tried it and it just made me feel weird and sad.
The Burning Monk- Thich Quang Duc (1993) sat down in meditation position at Saigon. He then poured gasoline all over his body and set himself alight. He maintained his calm meditative position and did not even make a sound while his body burned and then within a few minutes toppled over. His body was consumed but his heart remained intact. It was placed in the Reserve Bank of Vietnam and is called the Symbol Of The Holy Heart.
He wanted to show people that we can do incredible things when we practice mindfulness. He also wanted to show the world the injustice that was being perpetrated on the Buddhist religion and community by a repressive regime. Needless to say, it worked pretty well and the government softened up on the Buddhist. He is a remarkable symbol of the incredible power the mind holds.