Lotus: Beauty that Rises from the Mud
Growing out of muddy water, the lotus produces flowers that represent purity and clarity, resulting its use as a symbol of Buddha’s wisdom. Although most often depicted with a Buddha sitting on a lotus Blossom, numerous cultures have used the flower to express holiness and purity or as a metaphor for women and love.
Large, round, and vibrant green leaves contain beads of gemlike dew that roll across their surface. The buds shoot up, resembling candle flames as they wait eagerly to bloom. When the time is right, petals open, producing a gentle rustling sound. Pure white or pink, their scent attracts insects from near and far. These elegant flowers appear compassionate, the petals, like hands, unfold and offer the gift of unexpected beauty to the pond.
The single flower rises up from the turbid water blooms with the purity to cleanse the world. It is a flower of truth, a beam of light amid the darkness.
In this exhibition, Ippodo Gallery has selected works by our artists that feature the lotus plant, a reminder that although in times of turmoil, nature blooms and provides us with hope and peace. In our first online exhibition, we have added references to the lotus from Japanese poems and other literature, encouraging the words will resonate with you and to create their own stories.
We hope and pray that you, your families, friends and loved ones will all remain safe during these difficult times.
Shoko Aono, Director