What's it About?
Maybe it's fate, maybe it's late capitalism.
This piece is a personal conversation I've been having with myself about how much or little control we have over our lives. The symbolism is strong in this one - I don't have an answer but I hope to have the wisdom to change things when I can and leave them be when I can't. Western philosophy tends to say you are master of your fate, East Asian philosophies lean more towards acceptance of circumstance. Living between these cultures, this piece is a meditation on how both can be correct.
The concept of meditation through creation is inspired by the buddhist art, especially Thangkas I encountered through my travels. By contemplating while invoking certain imagery, one gives it form in the physical world. I've always been attracted to visual symbolism as a way to express ideas that are hard to find words for.
Hand positions are used to express ideas across asian art forms. The mudra (hand position) I chose for this piece invokes reasoning, argumentation and the explaining of teachings. Rather than pure destruction, fire is used as a metaphor for knowledge—destruction followed by new beginnings as our understanding evolves.