Prajñāpāramitā by Ye Hongxing

Chinese artist Ye Hongxing will be showcasing two intricate installations that re-work the traditional Tibetan Buddhism symbols. Prajñāpāramitā renders ‘Mandala’ symbol in three-dimensions. A frequent motif in Hongxing’s epic paintings, this installation consists of her signature material -thousands of children’s stickers. The Mandala is placed on the floor. At the centre of the Mandala is a pagoda cascading with children’s toys, refering to the road to enlightenment – your life is your road, and Prajñāpāramitā urges you to transcend beyond impermanent illusions and the preconceived ideas you have been conditioned with, urging you to find your own true path. 

“A Thousand Years of Fragrance” is a modern reference to a key practice within Tibetan and Vajrayana Buddhism - the carving of Mani stones. Mani stones are stones, pebbles or tablets upon which a six-syllable prayer reading, “Om mani padme hum” is inscribed. Multidisciplinary artist Ye Hongxing has revised the practice of creating Mani stones, creating a collection of white marble sculptures in the shapes of common perfume and beverage bottles in our modern society. Through this practice, she explores the possibility of inner peace in an increasingly wired and distracted world.

 

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