BRITTA KATHMEYER

A Series of Paintings of Vessels and Bowls
Inspired by the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
 
Chapter 26
The heavy is the root of the light.
The unmoved is the source of all movement.
Thus the master travels all day
Without leaving home.
However splendid the views,
She stays serenely in herself.
Why should the lord of the country
Flit about like a fool?
If you let yourself be blown to and fro,
You loose touch with your root.
If you let restlessness move you,
You loose touch with who you are.
(Interpretation by Stephen Mitchell, 1988)
 
In the spring of 2017, a few months into the presidency of Donald Trump, I began painting bowls. The form of a bowl or vessel invites the contemplation of yin and yang, the opposing and at the same time complementary forces of nature: above and below, inside and outside, visible and invisible. In addition to its inherent yin/yang quality the bowl is associated with containment, nourishment, healing, service, giving and receiving. In my paintings I give the bowl’s ultimately female form a lot of space, allowing it to grow beyond the painting’s edge.
 

Untitled #9
2018
Walnut ink and acrylic on canvas
12"x12"
Gravity is the Root of Grace 2017/18