Hildy Maze is an artist who sees her practice as an exploration of the workings of the mind. We welcome her, with her contribution of images and reflections on her practice, to the artisans’ gallery.
[The paper]… Touched in any way there’s a response; a fingerprint, wrinkle, rip, drip or tear, which then becomes texture and language, traces of process and practice as echoes or footprints challenging our conditioned response to things worn, torn, old, wrinkled or ripped as good or bad, acceptable or not acceptable; challenging our dualistic way of seeing the world.
My work is driven by a curiosity into the investigation of mind thru art. None of us can avoid thoughts, but through awareness of our pitfalls, beauty, strengths and weaknesses we can open windows into the mind. The core of my contemplative art practice is to visually embody the blind spots as a result of our thoughts. I am interested in the study of how the mind works as a means of gaining insight, how we communicate, how we create identity through form, emotions and consciousness, and how we hide in that creation. Essentially this work is about all of us and the empty, clear and unconditional nature of mind we all have. When we know the nature of our mind we will know the nature of our world.
– Hildy Maze
Images and text ©copyright Hildy Maze
To read more, and view other examples of Hildy’s work,
please visit her page at the artisans’ gallery
dharma art – the art of living artfully
From the bookshelf:
True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art
Gentle Voice – the online newsletter of Siddharthas Intent, is shining its focus on art in the current issue: ‘Art Unlimited’. Highly recommended for an absolute feast of art-related articles and images – many from artisans who will be familiar to readers here.
This issue of Gentle Voice is titled ‘Art Unlimited’ and there are a multitude of different forms of art: drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, computer generated art, digital graphics, pop art, minimal art, performance art, street art, indigenous art, architecture, music, dance, film, photography, the art of conversation, the art of seduction and so on…! Types of art are as varied as media, subject matter and technology allow.
Quoted text and calligraphy by by Ani Lodro Palmo, and sourced from Gentle Voice.
To create from a genuine place is what helps one rise above fixations. There is a sense of beauty in everything and any creation arises as a natural process. Transcending fixations enables one to combine art with spiritual practice. Then there is movement with a bigger view – light with dark, small mind with big mind, abstract with form, form with formlessness – it is all observed in the mind and reflected in the art. In the process one enters into a state of openness – completely free and non-judgmental.
To allow oneself the freedom to play while abiding in discipline without attachment or aversion brings joy and delight to the process of creation. At the same time one tries to capture something from deep within and enter into the movement of what is in front of you, of what you have created. Then just leave it at that, and be content, however uncomfortable it may be.
– Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche:
On Abstract Art and Natural Creativity
Continue reading this excellent article at the Dharma|Arte website
(Dharma teacher Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche uses another name on his artist’s cap: Kongtrul Jigme Namgyel.)
Image © copyright Kongtrul Jigme Namgyel
kongtrul jigme namgyel at the artisans’ gallery
creative energy, the essence of everything