March 19, 2015 by smithartonline
Pasadena Society of Artists will present an exhibition in May. The theme of the show is “Things Come Together, Things Fall Apart.” Artists are allowed up to two works created within this theme, sizes are on the smaller end due to display area requirements; works must be within 12 X 16 X 8 inches.
Considering the theme, I elected to focus upon the idea of choice. You make choices and then move with those choices. All is experience, not positive not negative, simply education for the individual’s growth. The choices and results are an education and preparation for the next plane of the individual’s understanding of self. Embrace the moment.
“We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the
truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall
apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The
healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for
grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.”
― Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heartfelt Advice for Hard Times
The symbols in this work stem from my acquired collection of self-generated and traditional symbols. The more traditional symbols come from Celtic Europe and Tibet. All are united to give a visual image to the philosophy of embracing all experience one encounters through life.
I am currently working on a second piece for this exhibition. Hopefully it will be completed by the April review deadline.