Coexist: A Prayer Flag Project
To me, art is an expression of love and life. I also believe that art has a healing power. Being saddened by what happened on August 12 in my adopted hometown, Charlottesville, VA, I created this project. Its debut was at FLOW, the inaugural Rivanna River Art Festival to offer the public a way to heal toghether, with me, through painting. The project became popular ever since. I now continue collarborating with local organizations to offer this healing and artistic experience to the public.
Inspired by Suminagashi, the ancient Japanese paper marbling technique, and the Tibetan prayer flag; these two Eastern traditions merged in a creative participatory experience. I invite people to paint their own prayer flag using the Suminagashi technique where acrylic paints are floated on water and then transferred onto cotton fabric. Everyone’s paintings are then hung as flags. Pain and confusion are released. Love, compassion and hope for kindness in the world are expressed, fluttered in the wind into the world.
Water represents both the universe and humanity; The four colors used represent not only emotion but also four basic elements that make up 96% of human body. White for hydrogen, black for carbon, red for oxygen, and blue for nitrogen. We are all a part of this life giving formula. Recognize our oneness and appreciate our differences.
The prayer flag is a Tibetan tradition for promoting peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. Traditional Tibetan prayer flag contains prayers and mantras which will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all-pervading space.
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