The Middle Way
Zen Spot #91 -- Mindfulness, meditation and intuition wrapped February 11, 2018 00:05
There is that weird feeling an artist can have, when looking back on an artwork's creation, of not knowing quite from where it arose. In particular is that time when the artist has no recollection whatsoever of what was happening in the moment .
Creating jewelry requires many strengths to be called on -- a command of geometry and metalsmithing, manual dexterity, exceptional eyesight, attention to detail, a grasp of weight and measures, media mixing and more. Each must come together, like instruments in an orchestra, to create a sum total greater than the whole of its parts.
This artist -- the one whose work and hand are shown above -- explained that she begins with a single strand of wire and simply starts wrapping. As a larger strand takes shape, her mind’s eye begins to contour the shape of a stone in her collection. Wire weights change. Directions change. Wrapped wire gets wrapped again. Textures emerge. Stones thrive. An eyelet is added, with gravity issuing a final verdict.
In the moment , while creating an artwork, nothing else exists. If the radio is on, it is still off. Likewise the TV. Clarity emerges. Clarity of purpose, offset by the calm anxiety of trying to realize a vision, is sometimes rewarded by the universe.
Accepting the moment, and letting oneness with the materials lead to oneness with the mind, manifested in a jeweled love, is as close as one being can come to leaving behind a trail to mindfulness as is possible. A coiled roadmap to peace.
The artist is my daughter. Should you want to review her work, please email me to set up a viewing.
An artist, entrepreneur and writer walking the Buddhist path, his art focuses on the Dharma Wheel. The four wheels shown above are among over 600 DharmaMechanic has created over the course of his career. Each has a unique story. If you’d like to read the story of these wheels or purchase a framed 20" x 20" ready-to-hang print, visit SilkDharma.com.