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Bright just at Midnight, 2019
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Bright just at Midnight, 2019

Price: $65.00

Size: 4x4"

Media: Ink on Yupo mounted on 7/8" cradled birch panel, wired and ready to hang

I made this piece at Art Monastery Vermont, September 2019. 

I prepared my materials and then began as I always do: I lit a candle, offered incense, invoked the muse & Qwan Yin: bodhisattva of compassion, the mother of all buddhas, the divine feminine who I consider to be the trans bodhisattva (she manifests as different genders at will). I sat with paper and ink ready and waited, in connection with my body and the larger world, aware of the Connecticut River meandering just outside, connecting my flow with that flow. Eventually some impulse arose and compelled me to move. I poured one color at a time, sometimes leaning in close and moving the ink with my breath.

The larger painting didn't come together so I cut it up into smaller, more intimate vignettes.

About the title

The title comes from sacred poetry, a Buddhist sutra called the Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi, which I learned & chanted when I was living at Green Gulch Farm / Green Dragon Zen Temple on and off from 2014 to 2018.


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