This piece is destined for a show in Sun Valley, Idaho. I generally don't do shows that have a theme, because it's so off-putting. But this one was a slam dunk: the theme was What is love? (or something to that effect). Love is bodhichitta: the desire to awaken compassion for the benefit of all beings. Bodhichitta is tough love, not the love that's based in self-interest.
I've tried this new method of stacking the letters so that
the passage can't be read. I wanted to see if it's still compelling to
look at. Have yet to decide. I'd like to do a long piece with it, like, say, the book of Leviticus. Now that would be a hoot. I'd need a couple six-packs of bodhichitta to finish that puppy.
The good thing about this new way of applying the letters is that mistakes are pretty much undetectable. And yet I still find myself searching high and low for those hard-to-find letters, like a "q", or a capital "Z". I'm not sure what's more sad, my need to find the exact letter, or the fact that I sincerely think anyone will notice if I don't.
In my creative work I weave together spiritual traditions by cutting up the text of holy books letter by letter and refiguring them to create passages from other holy books. I incorporate and 'cross pollinate' the sacred writings of all spiritual traditions, suggesting that all religions derive from the same source, and are sustained in the same unwavering faith.
You can see the work at my website: