Sunday, March 2, 2008

Prisoner


Although my work tends toward digital, my training was in sculpture.
On occasion I return to feature some of these efforts.  Just as I 
return to the brush.  It's an impulse to maintain skills and to 
let each discipline inform the other.  Checks and Balance.


This work, about 2' x 3', features a scroll form with bloodwood
slats framing.  Word heavy, the scroll contains the Buddha's 
fire sermon.  'Everything is burning'.  The frame contains
engraved musings on being a prisoner.  these musings are 
obscured with gold leaf - hard to photo.

I'm still trying to decide whether to include 'hands'.  I constructed
the hands from a wire mesh, covered with paper and painted.
The hands are pierced with pins that have gold leaf attached.
A clawing gesture for the words and against the flimsy string
representing prison bars.

4 comments:

laura said...

Very interesting piece! I didn't know the Buddha wrote sermons--I'd love to read them. I myself like the hands--they're very beautiful; the gesture of holding the scroll is reverent and like an offering.

Bill Evertson said...

While I am not a Buddhist, I am intrigued by his teaching. Yes, followers wrote down these sermons dating from 600 bc. Probably they are as suspect as any Christian or Muslim belief. I do believe that the message is more important than the man. I do love the art traditions that have flowed from Buddhist belief.

laura said...

I'll look up the sermons. When I was an art history major I specialized in Northern Renaissance painting--all those saints and altarpieces, though I'm not religious. I always wondered why ... Drawn to the iconography, I guess. Thought it's very un-Buddha-like behavior, I collect Buddhas, though I don't pick up every one I see; I'm drawn to the essential fact that Buddha's a man, not a god.

Rosy said...

I like the hands, the hands gives this piece of work a very personal touch to it.