Sanctuary, Installation, 2010

Sanctuary, 2010

Mixed Media Installation

“If there is one thing I have learned throughout my life, it is how to help myself. Too many times I have seen myself and others caught up in the web of dependency. While some people exercise their right to turn to therapy or religion, I have maintained that my existence is the only thing I can really be sure of. Thus, if anything is going to help me overcome my tribulations, it should be my Self and my inspirations.

“With my project, I have created an environment with the intent of providing a step out of time, a place for reflection of Self, deflection from distractions.

“In the center of this environment is a sand image inspired by Buddhist philosophy. This image depicts the Three Unwholesome Roots of the mind, which distract one from reaching nirvana. They are represented by the Rooster (lobha: greed or desire), the Snake (dvesha: anger or hatred), and the Pig (moha: ignorance or delusion). The Three Unwholesome Roots are usually shown in the center of the Wheel of Life mandalas, found predominantly in esoteric Tibetan traditions.. They bind us to the cycle of samsara, which only when broken, can one achieve enlightenment and reach nirvana.

“Hanging above this sand image is a representation of our humanity and physical presence. Although you might not witness it, this representation is slowly destroying the image below with a slow drip of water, just as all sand mandalas are destroyed in the end.”

“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you. Not by angels or demons, heaven or hell.” -The Buddha