New paintings: Cabinet of Dreams – Zen imperfections

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This on going series, Cabinet of Dreams is quite special to me. I found very refreshing when I’m painting these little ones. The sizes are 20 x 20cm, 17 x 23.5cm and 30 x 30cm. However, I prefer these 20 x 20cm and 17 x 23.5cm ones. It presents my intentions of inner landscape well in the scale and you can see the incredible brush strokes. I’m not really intend to express Zen minimalism because it’s not really simple composition but in my mind, it kinda “Zen minimalist” impressionism.


Zen imperfection

I haven’t explained well about Zen imperfection even in this website theme, Zen and Shintoism area. Zen is very familiar nowadays but it’s a bit hard to understand or interpreted well. Firstly, Zen is not same as Chinese Buddhism. Zen Buddhism is a bit different from Chinese Buddhism, just like Christianity, there are a few different types of the way of believing God.

However, there is quite hard to explain for Japanese about Zen Buddhism and Shintoism. Because as we grow up in Japanese cultural lifestyle, Zen or Shintoism are always closed by and personalised. Also Zen is based on meditating practice in nature, then fining the path and truth from the nature which is alway imperfect and abstracted. It is up to the person who practice or looking into their own path and truth. There is no particular answer for the meaning of life, you have to fine it through the meditation. Most of all, the Zen doctrine is not the accurate, it’s quite obscure as I said it deepens on the person how she views her world. There is no answer and shouldn’t have answer, because the life is not only one, there are many kinds or types and they are not perfectly formed.

Japanese Zen aesthetic view is alway imperfect, just because nature is imperfect as well as human being. However, when you seek the meaning of the life or truth, you have to analyse yourself or object whatever you are focus on to. Then you should keep going and going, then it becomes simplified. That’s how you get to the minimalism.

Zen = searching for the truth of life → trying to analyse the fact → make it simplify → become simple → think simpler → minimalism



However, I must say, that’s how I see Zen world. If you ask someone else, she may say different stuff from what I say. There is no right or wrong (well, basically there is basic knowledge of Zen Buddhism), it’s very personalised. That’s why I love Japanese Zen Buddhism not only because I grew up in that environment (I actually went Protestant girls high school and studied Christianity for 3 years), Zen and Shintoism of nature is very lenient for human being, complying human behaviour in many ways.



Cabinet of Dreams Have Stories

In this series of Cabinet of dreams, each of them have a little stories which can be different to audience. My work has abstracted forms and some people sees they have flowers, stones, water or even raining. I titled sometimes with based on water or cloud or something like metaphorical. But that what I see the paintings, not what I represent. What I represent is “Nature”.


  1. 1.
    the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations.
    “the breathtaking beauty of nature”
    synonyms: the natural world, the living world, Mother Nature, creation, the world, the environment, the earth, Mother Earth, the universe, the cosmos, natural forces;

  2. 2.
    the basic or inherent features, character, or qualities of something.
    “helping them to realize the nature of their problems”
    synonyms: essence, inherent/basic/essential characteristics, inherent/basic/essential qualities, inherent/basic/essential attributes, inherent/basic/essential features, sum and substance, character, identity, complexion




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