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