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Artist Statement - Middle Way

I want to be a delicate observer. My primary interests are people, their emotions and experience in various space. Currently, I am expanding the scope of imagination and spiritual meditation through abstract paintings with rich colors, delicate layers and symmetric symbols.

My thesis project focus on meditation by which people can relieve their stress and seek a shelter from the turbulence of their daily lives. I hope my painting create the zone filled with peace.

The Middle Way often uses symmetrical forms as symbols of peaceful mind and stable emotional state. The primary source of these symbols is religious tradition. Various religious traditions have practiced meditation to follow the Middle Way. For example, Buddha found the Middle Way – a way of meditation away from the extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification. One may think of the lotus position, a cross-legged sitting form, that Zen practitioner took for meditation. Symmetrical forms in the lotus position represent a peaceful mind. The Bible also has clues leading to the Middle Way .[1] A common feature of Christian and Buddhist disciplines is that one should follow the Middle Way in order to find the ultimate wisdom. In both religions, seeking the Middle Way requires practice of meditation. In religious tradition, meditation includes symmetric physical postures (not to turn aside any extreme), mindfulness and silence. The Middle Way as a practice to find peaceful mind led me to find the idea of symmetric symbols and emphasize the ideal spiritual state that I want to describe.

[1] “Let me pass through thy land; I will go along by the high way. I will neither turn unto the right hand nor to the left.” (Deuteronomy 2:27); “Ye shall observe to do therefore as the Lord your God hath commanded you; ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.” (Deuteronomy 5:32); “Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil” (Proverbs 4: 27). See Bible (King James Version).

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