If, in any painting or photograph, a person is depicted as very small within a wide space of nature, there is a possibility that the viewer will recognize that small form as one’s self and that this self is not separate from the vast space.
That is to say, such a picture may inspire the realization that one is the vast space itself.
When it is recognized that the vast space contains the form and that one is both the vast space and the form — at the same time — this is a realization of nonduality.
– Jerry Katz
Reblogged from Jerry Katz’s treasure trove of nondual expression:
Jerry, whose contributions to this site go back to its launch in 2007, has agreed to pen a guest post in the near future. This is something to look forward to!
In the meantime, have a look at these pages:
what is this nonduality?
a parade of nondual perspectives
parted by thought
becomes a self and world
– Rupert Spira
Deep bowl, embossed poem under Chun glaze
23 cm h x 23 cm d
… the writing helps create an unfamiliar space where the pot becomes the carrier of the text and the text the carrier of the pot. Words are supposed to float in two dimensions, but here the pot and the text have a strange pull between them. Is the pot commenting on the text?
Spira pushes these ideas hard: this is not about words as decoration. As with Kenzan, there is the knowledge of how to layer meanings, how to play with the images that words bring forth and with the feelings that forms create. By embossing his poems he takes the connection between reading with the eye and reading with the hand to another level of sensitivity.
Rupert Spira knows about the texture of words. This puts him amongst a wonderful, enlivening group of artists and poets from across the centuries. In his new pots with their words ‘embedded like a vein of quartz‘, to use his own phrase, we can see and feel something special is happening.
– Edmund de Waal
Detail showing embossed poem
Edmund de Waal is a leading British potter and writer on ceramics. (Edmund is also widely known for his international bestseller The Hare with Amber Eyes)
This short extract is from: A single line of writing embedded like a vein of quartz
Read the entire essay at Rupert Spira’s website
Rupert Spira at the artisans’ gallery
every time I open my eyes
Love is the discovery that others are not others;
beauty is the discovery that objects are not objects.
– Rupert Spira
New at the artisans’ gallery – Barbara O’Sullivan
No Beginning No End Of Beginning (detail)
6 panels, each 92 x 61 cm, PVC and Acrylic on canvas
The interpretation of emptiness and form into figure and ground provides a tangible means to translate opposites into material form and lead to a new understanding of how the creative act can promote the apprehension of emptiness, that most fulfilling, profound and healing of experiences, the experience of “no separation”.
Dualistic concepts are removed, self and other are reconciled, figure and ground become one, form is no other than emptiness and emptiness is no other than form.
– Barbara O’Sullivan
barbara o’sullivan at the artisan’s gallery