2013 International Art Festival
Artist Official Entries
garam leepalisades park NJ USA
I breathe, you breathe and we all breathe. We take the action of breathing for granted. As long as I breathe, I will be a living being. It is evidence that I am an existing being on this earth. God has breathed the life into man’s nostrils to form a human and for Buddhists, breathing is a way to meditate properly. Sanskrit word pranayama meaning breath and extension of life force is used among Buddhists when they practice meditation. Properly breathing is the most crucial part of meditation practitioners. It is clear that the Buddhists closely connect breath and life. The method that I use with the hot glue is well connected with how Buddhism and Christianity consider breath as life. As soon as I apply the hot glue on my Buddha statues, I breathe my air to form a surface. The art works clearly do not have the actual life but have my breath paths on them. My art works are to show the final product of my breath of life. Multiple actions of breathing are to breathe life on objects that inspired me or had important meanings at some point in my life. Breathing process is my sacred respect and my adoration towards the personal objects and inspiring figures.