Deleting Buddha - Serving the People
Deleting Buddha - Serving the People

Deleting Buddha

Yue Liu
Mineral pigments on wood panels Performance video Ipad and wall mount
14*11 inches Video duration: 21 Minutes 48 Seconds
School of Visual Arts



According to the ancient tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, all the divine figures have to be painted under an exacting system of measurement, intended to ensure that figures are drawn in proper proportion.

For example, Green Tara’s proportion  is:

6 12 6 6 12 6 x 2 2 2 4 4 12 4 12 12 4 5 5 8 4 4

Since the invention of this proportion in the fourth century, the sacred proportion of Thangka has been used for thousands of years. In this millennium process, each repetition of the proportion increases the energy of the proportion itself, just like how believers repeatedly read scripts. In this case, is the proportion can produce the higher level of spiritual energy and even more than the Buddha figure? Is the energy comes from worshippers attached more on the superficial Buddha figure or the ratio behind it? Deleting the apparent Buddha image, the underlying logic behind the Buddha image are presented, which as the Taoism said, The Dao produced One; One produced Two; Two produced Three;Three produced All things, all beings. The proportion is the ‘one’ produced by the already existed rule(which is ‘dao’).  And every different thanka paintings are ‘all things’. the subjective component of the painter cannot be excluded in one painting, but the ratio behind it is always eternal.

The works are based on 8 certain proportions of 8 buddha (or bodhisattava)  and the certain color matching that each of them has, plus the subjective arrangement of the color from the spiritual point of view, creating the language that belongs to the

绿度母:Green Tara

白度母:White Tara

四臂观音:Shadakshari Lokeshvara





那若空行母:Naro Khechari

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