Wednesday, June 13, 2012

See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil

See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil
11x14x1 wrapped canvas
Original Oil
Judy Vars
Created June 2012 a still life with three wise monkeys, cigar box, lipstick, cobalt Vicks bottle,Van Gough Beer Bottle and a raven skull these are a few of my favorite things.

The three wise monkeys. Together they embody the proverbial principle to "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil". The three monkeys are Mizaru, covering his eyes, who sees no evil; Kikazaru, covering his ears, who hears no evil; and Iwazaru, covering his mouth, who speaks no evil. Sometimes there is a fourth monkey depicted with the three others; the last one, Shizaru, symbolizes the principle of "do no evil".  Some simply take the proverb as a reminder not to be snoopy, nosy and gossipy, another way to look at it is dealing with imporpriety by looking the other way or burying your head in the sand. 
Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of India, is recognized worldwide as the one who brought freedom through non-violence. Mahatma is known to have had few material possessions; he had a tin cup and spoon, a pair of sandals, his glasses and.....a set of no evil monkeys!