The Moon and the Pond

Painting: Acrylic on Canvas

24’’ x 24’’

Artist/Curatorial Statement

This design was inspired by the Zen poet Takuan.

    The moon has no intent to cast
    it’s shadow anywhere,
    nor does the pond design to
    lodge the moon.
    How serene the water of Hirosawa.

This poem points to a lesson of acceptance. The moon does not reject the pond nor does the pond reject the moon. They both simply are-with no intention or will from either of them, they create a profoundly beautiful scene. Human beings have a problem with acceptance. We suffer when we want what we cannot have or have what we do not want. We tend to reject ‘ugly’ things like death, when it is as natural as the ‘beauty’ of birth. When we learn to live as the moon and pond do, and reject nothing, we will live far happier lives.

Dylan Thomas

Exhibition(s): Perpetual Salish: Contemporary Coast Salish Art from the Salish Weave Collection