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Size: 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.

More details on the Bodhisattva Kuan Yin's approach to enlightenment can be found here.

Read several historical accounts of Kuan Yin here.

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