This is my second award winning painting, called "Fearless" on a porcelain plate (38.1 cm) at the Thailand International Porcelain Painting Convention 2012, this was my other award winning painting. I wrote about my research about Thailand in another blog post..and for this entry about Thailand or Thai environment, I finally decided on a Buddhist theme about fish. I had read many Buddhist teachings in my mid 20's, and the connection resonated with me while I was painting fish for another exhibition series on love. That's often how many of my ideas come...they flow on during painting another art work. So, my research began into fish and Buddhism.
For Buddhists, two gold fish symbolise the auspiciousness of all living beings in a state of fearlessness, without danger of drowning in the Samsaric ocean of sufferings. This idea reflects that we can move places freely and spontaneously, just as fish swim freely without fear through water. Thus the fish symbolise happiness and freedom also.
Detail of gold pen work before firing:
I explained during my vernissage to His Excellency the Privy Councillor that the importance for me in this painting is about communicating the concept of being "Fearless."
This is a concept which has shown full circle for me, especially by the end of my artistic pursuits and journeys this year. To be fearless of taking risks for myself, with others, and with my artworks has been a large focus this year; and I think this plate and my readings of Buddhist teachings for this exhibition has made many connections on a spiritual and artistic level, for which I am very grateful. I will continue to pursue this focus of being fearless within this context, to attain personal freedom and authenticity.
For my painting, I have the two fish moving within each other's space freely, yet still connected by the life of their environment the seaweed. I have used modern techniques with onglaze paints, layered with gold pen work for the design of the water. These techniques reflect the symbols of auspiciousness and water as previously described and being fearless to explore boundaries of my painting medium.
Have you seen my other award winning porcelain painting from the TIPP 2012 event? Click here.
Other plates I exhibited at the TIPP 2012, click here