Oil on canvas, 70 x 50 in. and also as an
Archival print available in multiple sizes
This image addresses the oneness of being.
The young acolyte holding an umbrella for
the monk suggests a statement of hierarchy,
but the true meaning of the image is the
opposite. All forms in the work fade into
darkness or light. And they fade into each
other though the basic oneness of existence
making hierarchy an illusion. The work refers
to the Heart Sutra, which says, “form is
emptiness and emptiness is form.” In
Buddhism, the umbrella can symbolize the
Bodhi tree under which the Buddha became
enlightened. Having a little boy hold the
umbrella suggests that enlightenment may
result from even the smallest stimulus.