It’s been a couple of years now, since I started working with clay. Originally, it was just to have something fun to do with a very good friend who owns a small clay studio, but lately, it’s gotten a life of its own. This was suppose to have been a clay sculpture of a very old woman, but she kept getting younger and younger as I kept sculpting her. I finally decided to stop working on her even though there was still so much more polish I could give because I didn’t want her to devolve into a baby girl.
The craziest thing is that I am currently working on a mask that started off as the face of a baby and has now fully grown into a man. (Picture to follow once I have finished sculpting it). I can’t tell if it is something that occurs to everyone or if it is just my lack of skill to express what I originally intend the art piece to be. But then I am reminded gently by my higher self that I should not beat myself up over what is suppose to be a creative and teaching process which serves to remind me of the relative nature of the world.
When the world knows beauty as beauty, ugliness arises
When it knows good as good, evil arises,
Thus being and non-being produce each other
Difficult and easy bring about each other
Long and short reveal each other
Music and voice harmonize each other
Front and back follow each other ~ Lao Tzu – Tao Te Ching
Basically, this means that we can only say a person looks old if we are comparing that person to another who looks young. Each half of a duality cannot exist without the other, so inherent in the younger sculpted woman is the older one, existing side by side with each other. I was able to make the comparison of old versus young only by the virtue of my hands, having allowed the older image of the sculpture to be called forth initially.
By the way—this also applies to the concept of ‘good’ and ‘evil’. It’s all relative. There is no such thing as absolute evil or absolute good. There will always be a kernel of the other inside the one. The Tao symbol expresses this concept in a very elegant and timeless manner.
One last thing to ponder: there is no such entity as Darkness. There is only Light, and the absence of light.