Checkers of Wisdom

Can wisdom be boxed in black, white or grey? Is the journey of Life such a clear path of right or wrong?

The various Sanskrit character in the artwork is ’般若’ or ‘prajñā’. It means understanding, wisdom, ultimate wisdom for happiness and liberation.

Can anyone guess which brand is the inspiration behind this artwork – ‘Checkers of Wisdom’?

(Time)

There are two versions of this artwork, entitled ‘Infinity”. One is with Roman numerics while the other is based on traditional Chinese numerics.

In these two artworks, the artists deliberate about our race with time. Some are saddled by their past, some worry about their future. Have we forgotten about the present?

Presence… Awareness

Infinity

There are two versions of this artwork, entitled ‘Infinity”. One is with Roman numerics while the other is based on traditional Chinese numerics.

In these two artworks, the artists deliberate about our race with time. Some are saddled by their past, some worry about their future. Have we forgotten about the present?

Presence… Awareness

Gift

Perhaps the best gifts and blessings in life are free.

The meaning of the Chinese characters is as follows
知福 : Count our blessings.
惜福 : Cherish our blessings.
培福 : Cultivate our merit.
種福 : Sow the seeds of merit.

Cycles of Life

On the outermost ring, the feathers of doves or the writing pen symbolises ‘Peace’ or ‘Wisdom’.

Within the circle of feathers, the 12 Chinese zodiacs represent unending cycle of life and death.

The central Buddha images reminds one of the core teachings of Buddhism “Suffering ending only upon enlightenment”

The lower Mantra wheel in silver:
“Om Mani Padme Hum”

It is the mantra associated with the four-armed Shadakshari Lokeshvara form of Avalokiteshvara

The top Mantra wheel in gold:
“Namah Saptanam Samyaksambudda Kotinam Tadyata Om Cale Cule Cunde Svaha”

It is the mantra of cundi.
Cundi can be seen as a personification of the “Enlightened Mind of Compassionate Wisdom”

Contentment

The four Chinese characters in this artwork are read in an anti-clockwise manner starting from the 3 o’clock position. The four characters are “唯吾知足”.

Notice that each of the Chinese characters shares a common ‘denominator’ of ‘口’. The central ring takes the part of ‘口’ in each character. Together four characters espouses that “One will always be happy when one has contentment”.

Colours of Life

‘Colours of Life’, is inspired by one of the most iconic works by Damien Hirst. In the eyes of Woon Hoe and Guojun, the different colour dots represent the diversity of man. Each and every dot and colour is full and beautiful in its on way.

As different as each of us are, and as much as each of us may have our preferred ‘colours’, when we are able to respect and embrace the diversity of colours, together all the different colour dots come together to create an image of greater beauty than on its singular own.

The central Chinese character means ‘Awakening’, symbolising the artist’s wish for one to understand, to appreciate and to embrace the colours of life.