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This rather intense work in ceramic was fashioned by my son Nealon Schutz and displayed at an Art and Fashion Show as well as Benefit for the Somaly Mam Foundation www.somaly.org put on by his school The Lincoln Nebraska Arts and Humanities program on May 7 2010, Friday. This work in ceramic says some profound things indeed and pretty much blows me away, and that folks is hard to do. It depicts a man or human being flat on it's back left arm raised, head tilted backwards and eyes lidded over in apparent agony, pain and strife. Before one rushes into intolerant and judgemental judgement, let us look at a few aspects and possibilities first. To me, it speaks of the beast within us ALL of pain and suffering, of intollerance and judgementalism. for this beast depicted as a dome shaped entity, it is ugly and bloodthirsty...with white pupil-less eyes, open mouth and stark white teeth, blood and life spilling about...it speaks of the pain and suffering of having such tendencies within, it speaks of other's intolerant attitudes, of other's discompassionate attitudes and judgemental attitudes and actions as well and its effects upon the innocent and affected. it speaks of the pain and suffering of being judged, of being criticized and of being looked down upon, it speaks of the world one may see and be subject to and its devastating effects upon the psyche, mind, body as well as spirit. For this is not a pretty image no doubt, for Nealon Speaks The Truth, and is UN AFRAID of telling it like it is...I APPLAUD him, RESPECT him and SUPPORT him as well as ENCOURAGE him.If you criticize this young man for fashioning such an image and think him less or troubled, look in the mirror, look within your own self, your own soul, mind and spirit, for this to dwells within, indeniably...it EXISTS in us ALL...to reject that notion is DELUSIONAL to say the least...Art is supposed to arrouse thought, Art is SUPPOSED to provoke feelings , and Art is Supposed to make us look within ourselves...I applaud this young man, my own flesh and blood,...I RESPECT him, LOVE him, Support him unconditionaly...I respect the opportunity he has been given to fashion such a work of art..to have the balls and stones to put it out there...This is one of the most POWERFULL works of art I have EVER witnessed or seen ANYWHERE...PERIOD...
" One should not pry into the faults of others, into things done and left undone by others. One should rather consider what by oneself is done and left undone...Words of Truth #50, Selection from the Dhammapada ( Dhamma, sanskrit Dharma, Truth, Teaching, Doctrine Nature,All things and states conditioned or unconditioned etc)..Words of The Buddha himself.
Also by Steven Schutz
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