Deborah J. Haynes

Meditations on Impermanence


How to Practice Compassion

2006–2008

1 of 10
digital print of original watercolor
11" x 15"


photo by One World Arts

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I painted the watercolors for this artist book in 2006, following the deaths over an eight-month period of six friends and family, including my mother and closest friend. Printing a digital edition of 57 was completed in 2007 on unique papers such as Japanese surface gampi, and I sewed envelopes for each book in 2008 with handmade papers such as Bhutanese mitsumata. I always intended these books as gifts to friends. The individual prints could be framed, hung with pushpins, or sewn together as flags. I think of How to Practice Compassion not as a precious object, but as an impermanent presence, like life itself.

 


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