'Doors:Unhinged' show back in 2013. I chose to explore the Zen metaphor of the Gateless Barrier.
I made 3 large pieces for the show, each one a doorway. The first is an encaustic painting on an old rimu door, the second an empty space created by a frame of 20cm square encaustic paintings, and the third a large panel with a white doorway (on which the audience is invited to draw their body) framed by the following words:
"What do I stand for in all my imperfections, just as I am right here? Placing my body on this great body. Where do I stop and you begin? And will you gather with me here?
It's said, "If you cannot go through as you are, you cannot go through at all". How then should we go through? How should we enter this barrier, or any door for that matter?
Standing tall as myself, I walk into my life as each moment asks. With nothing missing. On this threshold of intimacy, where are the barriers now?"
These three pieces are my presentation of the Zen Koan 'Mu'.
Photos to come...