X- RAY HEART SUTRA
cast 2005 – unique lost wax bronze
2 halves 46x42x14 cm each
This is my ‘take’ on Constantin Brancusi’s ‘The Kiss’ of 1913.
Based on a 1940’s Zeiss binocular microscope it uses compressed human interior anatomy to suggest a deep wounding caused by excessive focus on analytical and reasoning skills. Reality cannot be broken down into cause and effect without coming up in the space between the division where language breaks down and the consensual determinants of meaning become our bodies and shared senses.
More like a ‘divorce’ it seeks to remind us of the vulnerability beneath any gut wrenching decision or bifurcating pathway – especially those that determine unrequited life. I chose the title because of a unit of ceramics I gave to my then students at Model Farms High School called ‘Cutaway Machines of the Suburban Dreaming’; where we looked at Arnhem land x-ray bark painting and contrasted it with works of Fiona Hall and other cut-away diagrams of appliances and space-ships from books.
The Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra is the most profound encapsulation of Buddhist awakening. In it we are guided through five ‘skandas’ usually translated as aggregates – as in gradually accumulating piles of - body, sensation, perception, parsing, and so on to consciousness that is neither gained nor lost and that and is neither pure nor stained but allows the forgiveness of the 1001 things in the one or even the none:
AUD $75 000 (Sutra is free)