Enso // Reach

"Have no fear enlightenment for you will never reach it"

Enlightenment is unattainable because once it is obtained, it is already lost. Enlightenment is in the journey, the discipline, the path.

'Enso' is a take on the archaic art of Zen sumi ink painting wherein the brush begins thick with paint empties as the stroke reaches full circle. My sculptural rendition displays the concept utilizing hands that upon spinning around the circle fragment to lesser geometry, emptying the self yet retaining the structure that was always present. Arriving full circle the piece starts over, consistently reaching for what is out of grasp, a representation of the Buddhist Dharma wheel.

'Reach' was actually a conception of my mother. After she visited Georgia she was inspired by the african-american community in overcoming extreme prejudice and their persistence in reaching through the darkness of hate towards a shred of light at the end of a tunnel. I took the concept of reaching and execute this piece from my mothers original vision.

These pieces are constructed of 3D printed PLA, Gorilla Glue, Glass, Spray Paint