#11

#11 is called Avalokiteshvara- Bodhisattva of Compassion.

I knew relatively nothing about the various God and Goddess figures a few years ago. I then discovered a wonderful Documentary done with Alex Grey called COSM (or Chapel of Sacred Mirrors). The film helped me to start to understand the significance and symbolism of the various deities in Hinduism and Buddhism. It also taught me so much more. One of my top 10 films. Here's a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuTe_KNs1F0

The idea of the figure really struck a chord with me. The Boddhisatva being a person who has attained the enlightened state but that puts off their own progress by deciding to come back to this World again in servitude of others. The figure is represented with a thousand arms, offering help and support to the World. The various heads signify having attained the all-knowing state. It makes me wonder how many people are walking around with the sole purpose of serving the World.

I have incorporated many figures in my art since this one. This part of my life was the opening of a new part of my journey of discovery, which only grows and expands to this day.