MOHA, 2019 at a residential building at Canary Wharf
MOHA is a large scale, site-specific installation made from white paper (a symbol of purity in Buddhism), scorched on the reverse side by candle flames. The paper is ripped then reconstructed as a flowing sculpture suspended from the ceiling. It looms over the viewer, its dimension and aspect demanding attention.
MOHA, meaning ‘Ignorance’ or ‘Delusion’ in Pali*, examines the nature of desire. This Buddhist concept of ignorance questions our understanding of truth when our delusions cloud our judgement and lead to burning desire.
*Pali is the language of the scriptures of Theravada Buddhism, written in Sri Lanka during the 1st century BC. Today, Pali is studied mainly by those wishing to read the original scriptures of Buddhism and is the language frequently chanted in sacred rituals).
EVERLASTING LOVE, 2019 at a residential building at Canary Wharf
When we are in love with somebody we want to spend every moment with that person. But how do we maintain that feeling over time so that the love lasts? Buddhism teaches us that Love must combine four elements to ensure it remains true and enduring:
Firstly it demands a deeper understanding of the person themselves and who they are.
Secondly you must communicate, listen and understand the concerns of that person and offer help if requested.
Thirdly it asks that you do things that bring you joy both together and also as individuals.
Lastly it requires each person develop a sense of freedom within the relationship. Each person should feel free to be an individual to allow them to grow and develop in their own way.
The solid wires in the piece represent individual gestures within a strong relationship while the sculpted, coloured LEDs suggest our individual freedoms. The rhythms created by the distance between each object echo these freedoms. The viewer will be invited to attach a padlock to the piece which most resonates with them as a symbol of lasting commitment.
LETTING GO, 2019 at a residential building at Canary Wharf
Do everything with a mind that lets go. Don’t accept praise or gain or anything else. If you let go a little you a will have a little peace; if you let go a lot you will have a lot of peace; if you let go completely you will have complete peace... Know all thoughts and feelings that arise as impermanent and not self. Because they're impermanent and not self, they're not worth clinging to. When selfish desire arises, watch it fall away, knowing it too is impermanent and not self. When craving arises, know it as impermanent and not self and let it fall away." Ajahn Chah
PINK MOONS, 2019 at a Bar in residential building at Canary Wharf
My World Your World, 2019 at Peckham Levels, London SE15
An installation inspired by lines that divide us: political, cultural, economic, geographical, and those desires, anxieties, hopes that inform our commonality yet are easy to forget in times of division.