*Broken Ridge BuddhistTemple, Palolo Valley, HI.
Nurtured by nature is a mixed media project to illustrate how time and nature bring change.
One day, while visiting a small Buddhist temple, I found a collection of a thousand miniature Bodhisattva statues were sitting outside, row after row. I imagined these stone idols of the Bodhisattva as they began life many years ago, each in more or less the same color, size, shape, and expression as it’s neighbor. I realized that they were all created many years ago from a single ideal to convey that perfect expression of peace, serenity and enlightenment and nothing else.
When I see them as they are today, I realize that something has happened. They have acquired imperfections on their faces and bodies from nature and time. I see other emotions sitting on top of their expressions of peace, serenity, and enlightenment. I now see these stone idols as individuals expressing other emotions like sadness, pleasure, jealousy, joy, suffering, playfulness, regrets, anger, disappointment etc. They remind me of people I know in my own life.