Title: Prayers for Little Children. Linocut block print on watercolour. 10”x10” Strathmore Bristol (8”x8” shown due to scanner limitations), 1 of 2.
This was created for an international traveling exhibition for the remembrance of the 2008 May 12th Sichuan earthquake. The casualties are unimaginable for me.
I had trouble with coming up for an appropriate image, the theme being ‘prayers for little children’. I have neither prayers nor children. Nor I am I particularly educated on the nuances of Chinese culture & religion. I wanted to come up with something that was both respectful of the issue and spiritually honest on my part.
The mandala, the circle, the cathedral rose window are all one universal symbol that repeats itself in all cultures. Without a beginning or end, it speaks of eternity, the interpretation is your choice, so I started there. I’m hoping it inspires appropriate thoughts. I only know my own, and it does make wish to gaze through and beyond. The golden children are whimsical, but just a little ominous, stamped as they are on the four corners. I won’t go on; interpretation is not my job.