Work on paper

Butterfly Series

The Butterfly Series reflects the relationship and contradictions between dream and reality. In both states, the desire for love and freedom are present, but in each state are they bound by the same religious and moral constraints?

The beauty of a butterfly can be instantly realized, but just as quickly destroyed if the butterfly is touched or captured. I believe dreams are just as fragile. The Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi once had a dream of being a butterfly. When he woke up he asked himself, “was I a man who dreamed about being a butterfly, or am I now a butterfly who dreams about being a man?” Zhuangzi spoke of being a butterfly, a common symbol for the human soul. I often wonder, could there be ties between the human soul and dreams?

In the past 3 decades I made numerous trips to Tibet. I learned the fundamental principles of Buddha’s dharma. (The principle or law that orders the universe also known as The Four Noble Truths.) In order to reach the state of enlightenment one must give up all desires as a human in conscious life, but can one still have the desires of humanly love and longing for freedom in dreams? This is the answer I am still searching for through art.