In this series, World of Abstraction, my paintings are based upon philosophical ideas, and addressing the unknown. Paintings by Denise Hartley.
To Know Yourself is to Forget Yourself
So to know yourself is to forget yourself. This is to say that when we make friends with ourselves we no longer have to be so self-involved. It’s a curious twist: making friends with ourselves is a way of not being so self-involved anymore. Then Dogen Zen-ji goes on to say, “To forget yourself is to become enlightened by all things.” When we are not so self-involved, we begin to realize that the world is speaking to us all of the time. Every plant, every tree, every animal, every person, every car, every airplane is speaking to us, teaching us, awakening us. It’s a wonderful world, but we often miss it. It’s as if we see the previews of coming attractions and never get to the main feature.
|“Jade Disc”, acrylic paint on canvas, 4’ x 6’, 2002.|
|Tao”, mixed media, acrylic on canvas, 4’ x 6’, 2002.|
Yielding is the work of Tao,
The Ten Thousand Things in the universe are born of being,
Being is born of nothingness.
One begot two.
Two begot three.
And three begot the Ten Thousand Things. Lao Tzu, The Tao Te Ching
|"Silent Passage", oil on gessoed wood, 4' x 6', 2003.|
|“Zen Drawing”, mixed media on wood, 3’ x 4’, 2002. Private Collection.|
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