BALANCE OF LIFE

BALANCE OF LIFE
For Int. Art Festival Anima Mundi 2014, Vilnius, LT

We all know it’s there are many parts that make up the whole person, romantic interests, physical health, intelligence, fears, personal goals, religious beliefs, passions, problems of greater or lesser magnitude, and so on. It is important to find balance in our lives, balance our mind, balance our emotions, and balance our work and play.

This serial work represents some of the symbols of harmony and balance in our lives. Owl itself describes humans that have some properties which symbolized on the owl like wisdom, knowledge, protection, etc. With all the properties we have, it’s supposed to be easy to balancing ourselves in various aspects. And there’s so many symbols of human life and balance of many cultures or religions that we could learn and use in daily life.
Yin Yang is a Taoist symbol of the interplay of forces in the universe. This represents the unity between all opposites – the masculine and the feminine, the darkness and light. Yin and Yang symbolize the primal cosmic forces. Yin is receptive, passive, cold, feminine energy. Yang is masculine, movement, force and heat. The dark and light represent knowledge and ignorance. In a spiritual practice, use the Yin Yang to help maintain a balance between opposites and instill unity personally and globally. In seeing the opposites, it is noted that each has a little of the other, which is often overlooked in life. Instead of seeing absolute, learn to see an all inclusive form of diversity. This symbol has been a universal symbol of balanced consciousness for thousands of years and brings inner radiance to all who view it. In using this symbol of water, all elements will become balanced, all molecules will pass this balance to all beings.

The Gunungan is part of ‘Wayang’ (Indonesia culture) that used as a signal the beginning and the end of the performance, but also strong emotions, scene changes, the elements of fire, earth, and water. The ‘gunungan’ is placed in the center of the screen before the drama begins, separating the opposed groups of characters that lie to the right and left of the ‘dalang’. The meditation undertaken by the dalang before the performance seeks a train of associations leading from the gods of the Hindu pantheon to the ‘kayon’. During the performance, the gunungan is the backdrop with which time and space are delineated, and it determines the atmosphere. Its association with the Tree of Paradise makes it an apt image to suggest the idyllic world of the kingdoms of the ‘wayang lakons’ (plays) before the activities of men and supernatural beings upset the ideal balance.

The Mandala, Tibetan sand painting, is an ancient art form of Tibetan Buddhism. The mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning cosmogram or “world in harmony”. Even though it may be dominated by squares or triangles, a mandala has a concentric structure. Mandalas offer balancing visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony. The meanings of individual mandalas are usually different and unique to each mandala. The goal of the mandala is to serve as a tool on our spiritual journey as it symbolizes cosmic and psychic order.

 

owl yin yang

detail 1Owl Yin Yang

owl gunungan

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Owl Gunungan

owl mandala

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Owl Mandala

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