Rock has not only been used to symbolize the stability
and endurance in many cultures, but it has also been associated
with spiritual values. Inspired by the rocky valleys and deserts
of the American West, I explore the element of Rock.
Over the past 2 decades or so I have made numerous
trips to Tibet. I truly believe that the mysterious and at times
surrealistic Tibetan Buddhism religion deeply influenced my artistic
creation and personal life. After visiting the rocky deserts of
the American West, I felt a connection to past experiences, almost
resonating from the stones in the area. In Tibet, the stacking of
stones/rocks can symbolize a temporary dwelling for a soul. Rock
is calm, sheltering, and has great strength. It is a timeless survivor
of the ages. Do they carry souls themselves
.and can our souls
transcend the ages along with them?
Life is full of mysteries. The extraordinary can easily
be hidden in every ordinary moment of our lives. Every tiny particle
magnifies the profundity of life. Simply resting my hand upon the
rock, a flowing energy or echo can be felt, and I feel connected.
I believe in the soul of rocks, their timeless strength and the
connection that binds them to our lives.