Sitting Quietly...

Artist's Statement for the portfolio, Sitting Quietly, Doing Nothing   Sitting quietly, doing nothing,   Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.* Western science attempts to make nature intelligible by categorizing it into “containers” of similarity, such as plant and animal, genus and species. This gives nature an “order” that is illusory. In truth, nature is “mindless” and does not have the purposes we ascribe to it.   The wild geese do not intend to cast their reflection   The water has no mind to receive their image* These images of plant life have been given titles that are not botanical since those are ultimately arbitrary and contrary to the Buddhist reality. Rather, the plants serve as objects of contemplation on the mystery and unknowability of the natural world.   The shattered mirror will reflect no more   The fallen flower will hardly rise to the branch.* I have used a special purpose, high-speed, 35mm film (Agfa 1000) that produces uniquely sharp and visible granules for most of this portfolio. These grains often completely separate into isolated cyan, magenta, and yellow particles. They may aggregate to give the illusion of plant forms. Alternately, the forms may dissociate, revealing that they are evanescent and undergoing transformation. *Watts, Alan. The Way of Zen. New York: New American Library of World Literature, Inc., 1957, p. 173, 175, 182. See also, Wilhelm, Richard (trans). The Secret of the Golden Flower. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1962. Timothy McCoy printed these images in 2008 on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag archival paper with an Epson 9800 printer using 3-K archival Ultrachrome inks. The mat is 4-ply, museum-quality, acid-free, unbuffered mat board. The images are printed in the following limited editions: 50 are 16 x 20 in. (mat size 29 x 32 in.) 100 are 11 x 14 in. (mat size 17.5 x 20 in.) Click on INFORMATION to call or email for prices.

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One Broken Heart to Another
Dressed in White Forever
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Turning the Light Around
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