「執」 is derived from Sanskrit “ātma-grāha” . In Buddhism, “ātma” translates as “conception of self”, and “grāha” means “conceive as a self”. Referring to the core beliefs, these are the shortcomings of mankind, as one is overly attached to oneself involving arrogance, complacency, inferiority, and greed; one’s self-awareness is too strong and lacks collective consciousness and dedication.
Instead of focusing only on the negative side of it, 「執」 is given a new interpretation in the modern world: it refers to the attachment to all tangible or intangible things.
In the spiritual aspect, 「執」is often understood as an insistence in one’s mind: on religions, beliefs, and emotions. In the civil circumstance, it usually is an obsession of assets and particular objects. 「執」 can be interpreted as a metaphor, a way of perceiving the world, or a living attitude. It can be secular or illusory; it can be positive or morbid; it can also be blatant or obscure.
Shrugging off everything that is already defining 「執」, this exploratory pop-up tour is a critical reflection of the exhibitor’s own paradigm built around one’s own「執」. The exhibition expresses exhibitors’ true inner worlds from the private sphere to public sphere to achieve the objectification of their ideologies.
‘Unspoken’ (2017), 24 x 30cm, oil on panel, (detail shown). This seems an appropriate piece to end the series of ‘looking back to move forward’ posts. It has been a useful exercise for me, revisiting past ideas and their evolutions. So much so that for the last few days i have been focussing on planning new work, ordering canvases, and generally trying to bind and gag my inner critic so that the work isn’t censored before it is even started...! If you have been counting, you may have noticed that i have finished on a rather odd number - 39. This is a lesson to myself - sometimes things don’t have to be neat, tidy and perfect. Sometimes unfinished, is better than finished. I will continue to post images of past work, i just won’t ramble on quite so much!