A few posts back I mentioned that I had been invited to submit a piece of work to the AAW POP exhibition
in May after which the piece will be going to the AAW symposium in San Jose, California.
The title of the exhibition is "Beyond Containment" and the bases of my piece is drawn from my deep interest in the teachings of Zen/Buddhism and the belief of impermanence, in that all things be they riches, possessions, power, happiness, sadness, fast cars, pain etc etc, will eventually end and are impermanent, and by this simple fact are beyond our containment or control. Within the teachings it is a fundamental belief of the fragility of all things with this being the natural order of life, nature and all around us. By accepting this we can find peace in our existance even if in pain or hardship.
The main teachings of this are contained within "The Four Noble Truths", "The Noble Eightfold Path" and is
the fundamental basis of the dharma which is contemplated for many decades by followers of Buddhism in the pursuit of enlightenment.
This piece is my representation of this and life and is represented in a decaying vessel.
Many techniques have been used from pyrography, scorching with a blow torch, staining with inks, colouring with acrylic paints, metal foils and patination techniques plus a few new techniques I picked up along the way while making the piece. The finial/handle is a twig taken from a broken/fallen part of an English Oak tree and again represents impermanence.
The main form is sycamore and measures 6 inches dia x around 5 inches high and is sitting on a slate base.