Art and Mindfulness Projects
My visual art practice has evolved into a series of long term contemplative, mixed media art projects.While each art project is a distinct body of work, investigating the nature of mind
is the thread linking all my art projects as a larger body of work
collaborative Covid-19 lockdown diary with Geraldine DeLuca
Mindweathersong is a collaborative visual and written diary created with US author, educator, meditator and Dharma friend Geraldine DeLuca during the UK and USA Covid-19 lockdowns in May and June 2020. It is based on shamatha awareness or mindfulness meditation of sensations, thoughts and feelings as they arise and pass,
mixed media, book
What remains when we challenge, deconstruct and strip away conditioned story lines, opinions and beliefs about what we think we and everything else is? What are the effects of clinging and aversion to the apparent permanence and independence of phenomena? An inquiry using art and vipashyana meditation to better understand how things really are rather than what I think they are.
Tell Me What You Are
Camera-less, lens-free analogue luminograms on silver halide photographic paper created in a darkroom. Viewers complete the artworks through perception, projections and associations of concepts, thoughts, labels, ideas, beliefs, opinions, and storylines. What are we thinking and feeling when looking at the images? How real or true are they? How do they cause suffering? How do they benefit us?
Stillness and Movement
mixed media painting
How do these paintings reflect stillness and movement in our minds?
Altered Family Album
A family photo album made from a cash book photo album made by my granddad. I added the yogic song Eight Things to Remember by the great yogi Milarepa, I turned the album into an object for contemplation on impermanence on something that would hit home more than just abstractly contemplating impermanence,
Self and Identity
Who do we think we are? Who are we? Where are we? Concepts, thoughts, labels, ideas, beliefs, opinions, and the storylines we build around them to create and project our reality. How real or true are they? How do they cause suffering? How do they benefit us?
Letter to My Mum
I was an ordained Buddhist nun for seven years before returning to lay life. Before ordaining, my mum asked me why I wanted to be a nun, so in reply I made a short video sharing my disillusionment, questioning the wisdom of relying on materialism for any lasting peace and happiness.
Collaboration with Pema Clark PhD, who devised this one-hour play based on my life, written journals and visual art. It explores the journey from being a stripper in my twenties to training in peeling away layers of delusion through meditation in later life. Performed at the University of East Anglia, UK in front of a paying audience.
Photography by Robert Eke
Drawing As Meditation
graphite on paper
Open awareness meditation as the starting point and process from which to draw.