HEART SUTRAS

"Heart Sutras no.1"
"Heart Sutras no.1" 2013, Glazed Ceramic, Sizes Vary, approximately 3-6" x 3-6" x 3-6" per piece
"Heart Sutras no.2"
"Heart Sutras no.2" 2013, Glazed Ceramic, Sizes Vary, approximately 3-6" x 3-6" x 3-6" per piece
"Heart Sutras no.3"
"Heart Sutras no.3" 2013, Glazed Ceramic, Sizes Vary, approximately 3-6" x 3-6" x 3-6" per piece
"Heart Sutras no.4"
"Heart Sutras no.4" 2013, Glazed Ceramic, Sizes Vary, approximately 3-6" x 3-6" x 3-6" per piece
"Heart Sutras no.5"
"Heart Sutras no.5" 2013, Glazed Ceramic, Sizes Vary, approximately 3-6" x 3-6" x 3-6" per piece
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These Ceramic hearts shaped pieces glazed with gold and red are made by hand and meant to be held and touched.

When touching the pieces you can feel   the hand that created the work. That hand touches yours

 

Your hand touches the heart of the creator.

Your heart touches the heart   of the maker.

We are connected through the object -- mind, body and spirit

The title for these pieces "Heart Sutra" (Also called "Wisdom Heart") comes from Buddhist scripture and related scholarly texts.

It refers   to the profound union of compassion and wisdom.

EYED

This small installation in 2012 was created during a series of eye surgeries for a macular hole which can result in distorted vision. Materials Glazed Terracotta, and each "Eye" a varied size from 2 to 9 inches.

"Greenbud"
Greenbud, 2006, Glazed Ceramic, 5x14x16”
"Budding Vase"
Budding Vase, 2006, 20x22x18” Glazed Ceramics
"Armed Bud"
Armed Bud, 2006, 4x9x20”, Painted Ceramic
"Budding Fetus"
Budding Fetus, 2006, painted ceramic, glaze wood, 8.5x12x6”
"Budding Organ"
Budding Organ, 2006, painted glazed ceramic 16x20x9”
"Ballooned Organ"
Ballooned Organ, 2005, 14x18x12” painted ceramic
"Serpent Wall piece"
Serpent Wall piece, 1999, 12x12x2, glazed ceramic
"Yellow Rockin' "
Yellow Rockin', 1999, glazed ceramic, 13x13x6”
"Celestial Coilins"
Celestial Coilins, 1999, 12x12x2” glazed Ceramics
"Celestial Creatures"
Celestial Creatures, 1999, 12x12x2” glazed Ceramics
"Nine Tiles"
Nine Tiles, 1999, glazed ceramics, each tile 6x6”
“Heart Mosaic- “deeply moved”
“Heart Mosaic- “deeply moved”, 1998, 20x14x4”, glazed ceramic
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CLAY BODIES

These clay forms refer to organs from our bodies.

 

These original vessels, and containers used by early man now form works that contain psychic longings and connections between universal elements. They are often thought of as reliquaries to be used on special occasions for rituals.
 

© 2016 by Olivia Beens

Email: oliviabeens@gmail.com

Photo Credits:

Sherman Sussman

Regina Cherry

Chris Bolton

Seth Rubin

Peteris Krumins