In this In-Sync post, I have the opportunity to share my interview with Chicago-based artist Patricia Larkin Green. I have known Patricia for a few years. I was thrilled to visit the exhibition of her ongoing series of unmade beds at the President’s Gallery of Chicago State University. These paintings that relate to our intimate spaces capture our sense of humanity and often resemble a surreal landscape of hills and valleys.
Japanese Cultural Center: Nov. 7th, 2015-12:30 Enso Demonstration & Workshop
The 2015 Ikenobo Ikebana Society fall show will be on the second floor zendo of the Japanese Culture Center. Street parking is available and there is a public lot on Sheffield ½ block from the Center. This is the first show at the Japanese Culture Center and an exciting opportunity.
Scrolls from both the Nakashima Collection and the private collection of the JCC will be on display in addition to Ikebana flower arrangements.
Additionally, an ensō demonstration and sumi-e workshop by Patricia Larkin Green, sumi-e artist, who will demonstrate painting ensō and lead participants in meditation before practicing their own ensō at 12:30 PM on Saturday. The Artist will provide hands-on guidance and discuss a brief history of the ensō (a hand-drawn circle in one uninhibited brushstroke to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create).Read More»
2015.10.1-10: I am honored to share recognition with esteemed artists of the North America Branch – ICCPS . I have been notified that I have received the 中国遼寧分会後援会賞 Award in AnShan City China for the 2015 exhibition.
Patricia Larkin Green will demonstrate Sumi-e Ink painting. She is well known as a painter along with her skills in sumi-e ink painting. A turning point for her was learning to paint Sumi-e, (East Asian ink wash painting), where her goal is to capture the soul of the subject. When she paints a flower she is freed from reproduction and inspired to convey its movement and fragrance. Less is more. Her website is: patricialarkingreen.com.
How do we know if life is not an illusion…
and what difference does it make?
Chuang Tzu, a contemporary of Mencius, is universally regarded as the greatest Taoist after Lao Tzu. His butterfly dream is probably the most celebrated dream ever to be recorded in the history of Chinese Philosophy, which makes it almost impossible to omit in any serious expositions of Chuang Tzu’s works. Whether or not the dream actually occurred is not a matter of great importance. What is important is that it has captured the minds of generations of Philosophers
Chuang Tzu, however, preferred something more compromising: “When I say you are dreaming, so am I.” In other words, we are all dreaming. This is best illustrated in his butterfly dream story. ‘The passage:
Once upon a time, Chuang Tzu dreamed that he was a butterfly, flying about enjoying itself. It did not know that it was Chuang Chou.