Arhat #1Arhat #3

Brooke Dykman

Pinole, CA

Artistic Disciplines:
Visual Art

Artist Statement:
My art explores the integration of multiple, formerly discrete Buddhist philosophies and practices into the United States, and the interaction of these practices with our consumer society, cult of individuality, and complex savior/pillager relationship with the natural world.

The process by which each work is created involves interplay between opacity and transparency, the discovery and enhancement of subtle associations among the elements in each work, and additive applications of color, texture, and imagery.

I've submitted two paintings from my latest body of work, the Arhat Series, for your consideration. The Arhat Series is a series of triptychs about the relationship among physiology, nature and the embodiment of spiritual beliefs. An arhat is one who has attained nirvana, or enlightenment. A select group of sixteen (sometimes eighteen) Arhats are said to be disciples of the Buddha. After reaching enlightenment, they retained their human form and are sometimes identified by particular physical characteristics, or associated with specific objects or animals.

Please let me know if you need additional information. Thank you for considering my work for this exhibition.


Brooke Dykman

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