November 2010 - "SONZAI - Existence", East and West Art Gallery / by Nerina Lascelles

In November 2010, I had another solo exhibition at ‘East and West’ Art Gallery in Kew, Victoria.

The title of this exhibition is “Sonzai” which is Japanese for ‘Existence’

In the Western thought, existence is the world we are aware of through our senses. Materialism holds that the only thing that exists is matter that all things are composed of material, and all phenomena are the result of material interactions. In other words, matter is the only substance.

In Eastern philosophy, on the other hand, "impermanence" describes existence. In reality there is no thing that ultimately ceases to exist; only the appearance of a thing ceases as it changes from one form to another. The philosophical meaning of the Sanskrit word 'Satya' is "unchangeable", “that which is beyond distinctions of time, space, and person" and "that which pervades the universe in all its constancy". Existence is the vast space or stillness from which all forms arise and in time dissolve.

Click on invitation above to view the paintings from 'Sonzai' on my website

This exhibition of new works depicts a variety of landscapes in which the elements of both form or matter and space or stillness coexist. The landscapes in this exhibition are not completely identified with physical form, but not entirely of spirit either. They represent a middle ground between form and the formless. Figures and objects in the paintings are easily defined by the mind but perhaps not as easily comprehended, yet equally as important are the areas of space, which suggest a magical, mythical dimension beyond form.