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50" x 90" 2012 Graphite on paper Now in the collection of Lone Star College Kingwood, TX 欲望ほど満足なことはなく 不安ほど安心なことはなく 悩みほど甘いものはなく 嘆きほど楽しいものはなく 苦しみほど嬉しいものはなく 手に入らないものほど素晴らしいものはない There is nothing more satisfying than desire There is nothing more peaceful than anxiety There is nothing sweeter than torment There is nothing more joyous than agony There is nothing more exciting than suffering There is nothing more heavenly than unattainable
50" x 94" Graphite on paper 2012 In my works, the white area of the paper is where the energy “chi” or “ki” flows, in which our lives are sustained. The line represents a life, with a single entrance and an exit. When our physical body ceases and we become part of the energy field, we are finally together, more powerful and eternal. Our physical body is the biggest boundary we have, that we can never fuse ourselves as solid mass together therefore ultimately we all live alone, from the birth to the death.
Graphite on Paper, Glass mirror, 9 ¾” x 13 ¼”, 2011
Graphite on Paper, Glass mirror, 10 ¼” x 21”, 2011
Graphite on paper, Glass mirror, 10 ½” x 14 ¼”, 2012
Graphite on Paper, Glass mirror, 9 ¼” x 21 ¼”, 2012
Graphite on Paper, Glass mirrors, 23” x 21 ¼”, 2012
Graphite on Paper, Glass mirror, 21” x 20”, 2012
Graphite on Paper, Glass mirror, 8 ½” x 20 ¾”, 2012
Graphite on Paper, Glass mirrors, 28 ¼” x 21”, 2012
Graphite on Paper, 10" x 20". 2011
Reflection of Self in You
Hooks-Epstein Galleries in Houston, June 2- July 7, 2012.
In the group of works with glass mirror(s), I ask each viewer a question. The answer is to be filled in by the viewer- therefore part of the sentence is left blank. As the viewer gazes into their own eyes, they are required to answer the question. The answer may not come easily, or you may refuse to admit to it.
These questions are meant to evoke our hidden feelings, beliefs, dreams, and fears. Each of us will have different answers, and may feel that these emotions are unique. However, there are no new emotions or anything unique about how we feel. These problems existed long before our physical bodies existed here and now, and these will be here long after our bodies perish.
As we share these similar emotions; desires, fears, and hopes, it becomes apparent that we are very similar as human beings. Each of us possesses a physical body giving us the sense of unique individuality, but all of our bodies will perish someday and then where do our feelings go?
We are from the nothingness and we go back to the nothingness.
I see the “Reflection of Self in You” when I look into the mirror, because I am a part of you in intangible form, and you are also a part of me.