THE  MOUNTAIN
2003

acrylics and aquarelle, 23 carat gold leaf
and copper powders
on handmade chiffon paper.

8 x 11 cm

“The mountain is the mountain,
and the path unchanged
since the old days.
Verily, what has changed
is my own heart.”

umagai, the author of this beautiful verse, was a XII° century Japanese warrior who became the Buddhist monk known as Rensho.

I find this insight very helpful in everyday life, when I find myself confronted to obstacles so enormous that it seems I cannot do anything about them. Actually, I can : all I need to do is change the way I look at them then they become much smaller, allowing me to deal with them.