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2013 Buddha

While Furniture shopping I was a little surprised by the number of Buddha heads for sale. Not that I've anything against Buddha, but it seemed as though every store I entered had a sculpture or painting (or several) of one kind or another, available for purchase. Even in the office supplies outlet, large format prints on canvas of the Buddha's face were hanging on the walls, tastefully done in gold or grey monotone.

Living in a predominantly Christian neighbourhood, I wondered, how many of those who purchased a Buddha's head were aware of the Buddha's teachings? How many followed the Eightfold Path or understood the Four Noble Truths? These particular items, on sale post Christmas, were most likely destined for patios and porches, poolside decks and book keepers reception areas. Do Buddhists, in kind, decorate their backyards and bar-be-que areas with Crucifixes and effigies of the Virgin Mary?

     

I imagined these heads of Buddha transformed into western Christian effigies with blonde hair, a beard and a crown of thorns. The appropriation and repurposing of the cultural icons of others not being an uncommon historical occurance.

And the tight curls that form the Buddha's hair reminded me of the segmentation of a hand grenade. Several people who have seen these castings expressed their belief that it must be a peace bomb. If such a thing is possible.

BUDDHA BOMBS
cast plaster painted gloss enamel, black
12x8cm
2013
     
BUDDHA BOMB
Hand carved Soapstone
12x8cm
2013
     

CROWN OF THORNS BUDDHA
acrylic on canvas
100x76cm
2013
   
   
THE BUDDHA
pencil on paper
42x30cm
2013
 

buddha bomb prepatory sketch
pencil on paper
21x30cm
2013

     


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