Enlightenment is a ceramic sculpture carved out of a block of white sculpture clay. The different shades of the glaze indicate the meditative state of the inner quest of the mind. This is a perfect piece on the mantle of your living room.
Deep within me, I am always searching my soul for knowing what is my true purpose in life and how I can fulfil it. I had this block of white sculpture clay which had been sitting for a long time. It became quite hard, hard enough that I couldn't roll it. I didn't really want to throw it. So, I decided to carve this image of Buddha out of it. I wasn't sure if it would turn out to look anything close to Buddha, the enlightened one. I know from my meditational practice that all answers lie within. Through an internal quest of the truth, all of us have the ability to become enlightened.
As Albert Einstein said, "A human being is a part of the whole called by us 'universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection to a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
This is the compassion and kindness I wish to cultivate in my heart. They say that the real point of kindness is not paying back but to pass it on, i.e. pay forward.
Medium: Lino cut on Lenox acid free paper
Image size: 12"x12", Paper size: 15"X15.75", Framed: 20"X20"
This black and white print is a part of the series, "Lessons Learned from Six-year Olds". Each piece is hand-printed by the artist. A portion of the money from the sale of this print is donated to mental health.
Knowing where one wants to go, setting the goal and focusing on it are important in order to succeed. If one can eliminate distractions and stay focused on a single goal, success is not hard to attain. Sometimes it takes a young six-year old to remind us of this. It is based on a true story.
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