These pieces are about transience and movement, remembering the impermanence of every thought, mood and experience…though impermanence is a universal truth, we may choose how to respond to internal and external circumstances in every moment.
Our lives are a messy blend of intention, hidden habits and unforeseen experiences represented by the combination of deliberate brushstrokes and chance of where the ink lands and bleeds.
May these piece serve as a reminder to be at peace with the circumstances we cannot change, while working towards more skillful, kind and joyful mind states.
“Profectus” (Latin) can be translated to English as “progress” or “advancement.” It can also mean “departure” or “setting out” in the sense of embarking on a journey or making a move forward.
“Pragati” (Sanskrit) means progress, growth, advancement, or development. It is often used in the context of personal or spiritual growth, as well as in the context of social and economic development.
“Prokope” (Ancient Greek) means “progress”, “advance”, or “forward movement”. In philosophy, “prokope” is often used to refer to the idea of moral or spiritual progress, especially in the context of Stoic philosophy.
“Akhandika” in Pali (ancient Buddhist language) has two distinct meanings: “undivided” or “unbroken,” and “piece that will be cut.”
This piece is an exploration of both fragmentation & wholeness. On the opening night of the “Ambivalent” exhibition at NOTAGALLERY, I cut my painting into 21 segments.
Through cutting the artwork into pieces, I challenge the viewer’s perception of wholeness, while also playing with the secondary meaning of Akhandika as a “piece that will be cut.”
Each individual piece of Akhandika is now its own unique artwork, but together they still maintain a connection to the original whole.
All the collectors of these artworks will continue to be connected through having a piece of the original painting.
Each of the 21 pieces will be scanned in hires and minted as NFTs
The installation of “Akhandika” will stay in NOTAGALLERY until August 2023.
Ink and mixed media on canvas
Original size: 280cm x 200cm
Size of cut segments: approx 39cm x 65
Annava is a Pali word that means “ocean” or “great flood” and is often used metaphorically to represent the cyclical nature of existence. The word is derived from a Sanskrit root meaning “to move,” which emphasizes the fluid and dynamic nature of the ocean.
This piece captures the essence of motion and fluidity, with bold movement that evokes currents and waves. This painting is a meditation on the impermanence and cyclical nature of life, and an invitation to embrace the movement and change that is an inherent part of the human experience.
Through entering a state of presence and mindfulness, intuitive brushstrokes create an ode to the beauty of movement, both in the external world and within ourselves, encouraging us to embrace the changes that life brings and to find peace in the impermanent nature of our existence.
Ink, gold and mixed media on canvas
300 x 167
Physical artwork is available, unminted/unlisted.
This series draws inspiration from Buddhist calligraphy, exploring transience and movement and the necessity to be present while making each brushstroke.
The combination of deliberate brushstrokes and the chance of where the ink lands and bleeds represents the messy blend of intention, hidden habits, and unforeseen experiences that make up our lives. These works serve as a reminder to find peace in the circumstances we cannot change, while working towards more skillful, kind, and joyful mind states.
“Undou” comes from the Japanese word meaning “motion” or “movement,” and reflects the idea that each stroke represents a moment in time, frozen in motion. The work emphasizes the beauty of imperfection, with each stroke appearing spontaneous and unrestrained, yet harmoniously coming together to create a cohesive whole.
“Yukkuri” is the the Japanese word for “slowly” or “at ease”. It is the balancing point within tryptic, it recognises that movement is the ever-driving force, however the quality that we bring to it is what allows us deeper serenity. The strength of brushstrokes joined with an organic dynamism bring together both flow and motion while emphasising ease.
“Nagare” means “flow” in Japanese, emphasizing the organic and natural quality of the movement. Using black ink brushstrokes, the artwork captures the graceful and natural movement reminiscent of flowing water. The brushstrokes intertwine and overlap, creating a sense of continuous motion, inviting the viewer to lose themselves in the sensation of movement.
SEASONS OF REFLECTION
Each of these paintings was cut into 18-24 pieces and given away, only the NFT remains to reveal the original image.
Ink and mixed media on paper
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Maraṇasati is a Buddhist meditation practice of remembering (frequently keeping in mind) that death can come at anytime (AN 6.20). Skulls are one of my favourite subject matters…not only do they remind me to be present and live with kindness, but also give me a deeper appreciation of the fragility of this body and moment.
These are all watercolour and ink paintings on paper. To emphasize the continual state of change, this image goes through various colour transitions, even death is not static.
May they encourage you to live with compassion and intention.
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