Jan 18, 2020
This sculpture well represents the struggle for freedom, breaking away from the mold, from old and outdated belief systems. But there’s also irony in this idea. The very one that thinks it’s necessary to break free, is itself part of that outdated belief. Just as this lone figure is not a separate independent sculpture, but one conceptual work of art, so also the idea of an individual seeking release is not separate from the system that fashioned it’s sense of identity.
Working in this manner requires constant struggling, improving, maintaining, evolving, and yet true freedom will always elude us while working within that framework. This is because it’s based on the belief that there’s a problem to overcome, and a limited ‘me’ here to accomplish that. Without the idea of a limited self, then where is the problem?
Unconditional peace and freedom, however, is dependent on nothing, there are no stipulations. It is as it is, free, under every and all circumstances, regardless of how they may appear. Being that there’s no cause, there’s no working towards it, acquiring or even maintaining this. Experiencing freedom entails nothing more than recognizing it’s already so, and has always been. Our ideas of ourselves and the world never actually bound us as we had once falsely imagined. Now that is freedom!