48" x 132" - 13 colors
Description: Handmade custom
fabricated Tapestry of the Bodhisattva Kuan-Yin. Artwork
is based from this statue of Japanese origin (left).
Kuan Yin's approach to enlightenment was through "Observing
the Sounds (or Cries) of the World". Kuan Yin most
often appears in feminine form, yet has been attributed
with masculine form in ancient Chinese teachings. The
finished piece leans slightly towards the masculine.
Considering we all have inner opposing masculine and
feminine energies, perhaps Kuan Yin is both?
Production: This piece was
a long time coming. The middle image is the template
and was pinned to the wall in my workshop for 4 years
before I started fabrication. Another 2 years would
pass before it was completed. I started with the crown
and worked my way down - it was a constant exercise
in patience. I focused on small sections then inset
into the main black field piece. It's a nesting process...
nesting colors within colors, nests within nests, small
sections into bigger sections - making up the whole.
details on the Bodhisattva Kuan Yin's approach to enlightenment
can be found here.
several historical accounts of Kuan Yin here.
Main Tapestry Page >
Kuan Yin Tapestry Project