(from the Weekend Labor News no.20, 25-27 May 2012)
I asked the artist the reason of joining the arts of painting, he smiled and replied immediately:
- The movement of my consciousness has urged me to use colors for illustration. It is as the movement of heaven and earth, as the movement of nature. I create through a subconscious state formed by many conscious states. It seems that is the essence of the art of paintings.
The essence of the art of paintings for me is a way to self, not to selflessness of Buddhism. Is there a conflict in your art of paintings regarding these two motives?
- There is no conflict. The self is one per million of the selflessness. I think the highest point of the art of paintings is selflessness. All artists step on a way to return to their self to clearly expose their personalities, but, when one returns to selflessness, there is no need for exposition, no need for attraction or unattraction, hence, a reach of selflessness.
So, for you, the art of paintings is only a way, a “dharma” to walk toward selflessness?
- I don’t consider what a way is, what a motive is. I paint like I breathe, as the non-stop movement to explore the essence of consciousness, to remove the remaining dirt. That is also a way of meditation.
To be enlightened?
- Nope, to be free.
Then, what is the meaning of “being free”?
- To relieve, but not to relieve the past and not to relieve the presence. To relieve desire, anger and ignorance to open arms toward the future, to relize the presence completely without limits by any theory.