|"Old Man Sitting on a Yellow Rock" 24" x 55" |
At times, that’s what I do with the making of art―come to an understanding of a particular subject matter. It was my first year of art college and, at 50 years old, I had just read the book Siddhartha. My world view and life were changing dramatically and quickly as I was totally immersed in art. Then, this occurred.
The statues had already incurred disfigurement (literally) in prior years. My question was simply, why was distruction necessary? Among other answers: It didn’t destroy what it represented; it changed nothing but the physical image of its history; and it brought both site and sight back to prominence―it was part the flow Siddhartha learned and accepted.
|Statue of Buddha (1976) Author: Marco Bonavoglia
|Closer view of statue of Buddha (1976)Author: Marco Bonavoglia|
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P.S. My scroll-style silk fabric collage has been rolled up for a very long time; I decided it was time to unroll it for you.