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Digging Deeper: Thoughts during this painting
This piece was a wonder to work on. It was one of the first pieces that started off this current series I have been working on that explores the universal relations of man, creature, nature and the universe. It came with it’s own challenges and small epiphanies.
During the making of this piece, I was reading a lot about Taoist Art, and there were a few things that really stuck with me. One of them is the balance between the yin and the yang. It is important to remember that the achievement of harmony within oneself is crucial in achieving harmony within the world. I see this view as one can not change the world with hate or anger within themselves for whatever it is they are trying to change.
One of the many other things that stuck with me is that "Taoism is non-theistic because the limitations of the finite human mind are realized, practically and sensibly. The transcendental would no longer be transcendent if it could be described, formulated, named." -Jean C. Cooper. This had me thinking about all the things we humans try to label and define only to find that we simply can't label or define it perfectly; therefore, we leave ourselves more confused than before. Yes, some things must be labeled as a means of communication and convenience, but sometimes the human experience can overcomplicate things.
Another part that stuck with me is: "It (Tao) cannot be conveyed either by words or by silence. In that state, which is neither speech nor silence its transcendental nature may be apprehended."- Chuang Tzu XXV. Being, doing, creating takes presidence over just speaking.
I am no expert on Taoism, and I believe I haven't even scratched the surface, but exploring it has given me more momentum in the flow of thoughts that come when I am creating these pieces and when I observe the life around me. I also realized that I am only at the beginning of these lessons on life and I could see those moments where I was not flowing in the right stream, those moments where I wronged people or wronged myself. Yet, a life without mistakes is no life at all.
"In Grace" is a piece that embodies the flow of these thoughts and small epiphanies.