The heart sutra is probably the most well known, most important of the Buddhist sutras. It is very short and condensed to a little over 270 words, and it has been my practice for nearly 40 years to copy it. When I can’t paint, I burn incense and sit, going through each character of the sutra, spending almost an hour. It is like a meditation to clear my mind and clarity my perception.
I played with the overlay effect in this series, placing paintings over the sutra in a metallic resist. The heart sutra speaks about how, if you can clear your perception, you can see things for what they really are. An overlay creates a completely different image and our life is like that, layers on top each other, sometimes changing what we perceive as the truth. I enjoyed playing with this technique and the idea of enjoying the overlay of our life.