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 over time.
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