How time flies…The year is almost coming to an end. How has 2013 been for you? During this time, many of us will reflect on the past and perhaps make a list of wishes for the new year.
‘Journey of Reflection’ is LWH Gallery’s first exhibition in Shanghai. The exhibition features a selection of artworks from Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam. The various artworks present each artist’s own reflection of the journey of life. Although the mediums and styles are vastly differently, their shared beliefs lead to monks and novices appearing as a common subject in the artworks presented in this exhibition.
Minh Phuoc from Vietnam is a successful artist who has exhibited his works in many countries including the USA and Europe. For a while, he has attained what many artists would hope for – artistic recognition and a life of painting without worries for sustenance. However, he was not happy and visited an abbot, hoping for some guidance. Instead, the abbot lamented that despite having studied many sutras and meditating for decades, he had yet to find Buddha.
Minh Phuoc was rather disappointed with the words of lament. However, upon reflection, he realized that the abbot’s lament was in fact wise words of advice. The journey of life is not just about attaining one’s own goal or reaching a single destination. It is a multitude journeys and destinations
Since then, Minh Phuoc’s signature theme of monks walking away from the audience evolved. Sometimes the monk walks alone, sometimes in a group, sometimes with a destination, sometimes with no clear path – much like our own life. Like Minh Phuoc, the other artists attempt to present their own understanding of the journey of life. Nirun from Thailand attempts to express the importance of learning to embrace the larger forces of life, while Muang Zaw from Myanmar has a lighter take with his delightful portrayal of the daily life of young novices, sometimes playing soccer no less!. What’s life without a bit of fun?
The season for reflection has come again. Some may lament about missed goals while others relish new ones. But as we look back on our journey this year and set new targets for next, it is perhaps timely to also think about the other people in our life, and what we could have done for them. Surely the journey of life cannot be just about ourselves? Surely it can be bigger than just our own.
Live With HeART.