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Art Projects 

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Labels and Storylines

Concepts, thoughts, labels, ideas, beliefs, opinions, and the storylines we build around them to create and project our reality, often causing ourselves and others suffering. How real or true are they? How do they cause suffering? How do they benefit us? Using art to better understand obvious and subtle storylines. I thought it would be interesting to play with actual labels and see where that led.

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Tell Me What You Are

Camera-less, lens-free analogue luminograms on silver halide photographic paper created in a darkroom. It’s amazing what people believe these photographic images to be of.

 

Perception and projections of mind, based on associations of 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?

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Stillness and Movement

The mind is either still (just aware, with few thoughts or emotions) or moving (more thoughts, emotions and energy movements). Drawing and painting from an awareness of stillness and movement.

Altered Family Album 

A family photo album made from a cash book by my granddad. Nothing arty farty here, bung them in with Sellotape. 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

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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. 

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Photography by Robert Eke

The Stripper

Collaboration with Dr Pema Clark, who devised this one hour play based on my life, written journals and visual art, exploring themes of dukkha (unsatisfactoriness and suffering of daily life), materialism and renunciation. Performed at the University of East Anglia, UK in front of an audience. 

This is about the journey from being a stripper in my twenties to questioning the meaning of life, social conditioning, self and identity and training in peeling away layers of delusion through meditation and contemplation, aiming to arrive in the wisdom and compassion of naked awareness free from suffering

Drawing As Meditation

Open awareness meditation as the starting point and process from which to draw