A large modern wall-mounted ceramic sculpture depicting a bodhisattva riding on a cloud. Made of hand built stoneware clay, high fired with glazes, and with casein color applied.
The physical form of this piece was inspired by the beautiful Japanese wood carvings of Byodo-in Temple, depicting bodhisattvas riding on swirling clouds. The double knot of the bodhisattva was inspired by the famous sculpture of a seated bosatsu at Chugu-ji Temple in Nara. The figure's countenance is very much inwardly turned, prompting the viewer to connect with the rich "inner life", depicted by the resonant center at the heart.
The interplay between form and formlessness - and what lies beyond the two - is the substratum and undercurrent for my work. Of endless fascination, is witnessing formlessness find its unique expression through form, as each piece appears to grow out of a silent space, and find its intrinsic balance and beauty. Often my work gravitates toward spiritual themes and concepts; traditional iconography with a contemporary presentation. I find joy in creating works that capture the elements of timelessness and universality, using symbols and images that in some way speak to our innate Nature. My work is often inspired by a particular subtle spiritual concept, and the challenge of attempting to express the inexpressible.
My work is highly influenced by Hindu and Buddhist traditions. I am currently exploring themes of transcendence and impermanence; expressions that uplift clay from its dense, earth-bound representations into the light and ephemeral. Of late, I have been drawn to making clouds, as they seem to demonstrate the Buddhist concept of "shunyata" or emptiness, and more specifically, of being neither permanent nor non-existing. I am also very fond of clouds for their amorphous, spontaneous and fleeting beauty as well as their ability to capture the imaginations of children and adults alike.
Age: Contemporary 2017.
Size: 16¼ inches tall by 17 inches wide and 4¾ inches deep.