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Clear & Murky Phrases are Distinguished in the Light, 2019

Clear & Murky Phrases are Distinguished in the Light, 2019

Price: $350.00

Size: 12x8, diptych

Media: Ink on Yupo, mounted on 1" cradled birch panel, wired and ready to hang

I made this piece at Art Monastery Vermont, December 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 letting my whole body move with the ink in sudden bursts and gestures, sometimes leaning in close and moving the ink with my breath.

About the title

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

About the signature

You may notice that the piece is signed "Betsy McCall" in the lower right hand corner. I made the original before I received my dharma name and started going by Suiko. For more about my name change, take a look at my blog posts.


This video reveals the glossy quality and textures in the surface of the ink.


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