The Story – HEAR No Evil
To hear no evil, one can either choose to block out the voices which conspire to perpetuate evil around us or make the choice of intentionally silencing the toxic chatter that bubbles up within. A sound and voice can only exist if there is someone to hear it and this proverb advises one to be mindful of who or what we choose to listen to.
In this original painting, the amused Wise Woman is found covering her ears with her colour coated hands while laughing heartily. The source of her happiness and joy is unknown, but one thing is for certain: she has found bliss in the silence. This silence could be from her tempting thoughts or the insidious voices that surround her. It is the quiet that seems to bring her immense pleasure, making us wonder what the voices in our lives are which disturb our peace and tranquillity. Her unabashed laughter poses the question: who are we choosing to listen to?
The Wise Women
“SEE NO EVIL. HEAR NO EVIL. SPEAK NO EVIL. THINK NO EVIL. DO NO EVIL. ADMIT NO EVIL. POST NO EVIL.”
Inspired by the ancient Japanese proverb of the Three Wise Monkeys, this series is a modern-day interpretation of the iconic pictorial maxim. Building on a previous series of artworks titled, The Three Wise Women, four new tenets are added to the original proverb. In this series, each original painting features a wise woman as an allegorical representation of each tenant of the proverb. The front-view portraits of the women are meant to evoke a sense of philosophical curiosity within the viewers, making them question the intentionality and virtues that they choose to live their lives by. Framed in dramatic poses, these wise women may amuse you with their coy expressions and vibrantly painted hands, but underneath their monochromatic beauty lies an invitation to explore the vivid spectrum of our morality and actions.
The vision… “When I was creating the Wise Women series, I had envisioned a show which would accomplish two main goals: showcase the artworks from the collection and provide an immersive experience highlighting how I have adopted NFTs into my art practice. This show is intended to be a gateway for curious minds who have heard about NFTs but have yet to experience its artistic potential firsthand. With this show, I will be creating a singular space for interested visitors to come in and witness a beautiful union between art and technology.”
The Artwork’s Medium
The artwork is a traditional hand-painted acrylic painting on cotton canvas (120x80cm) with decorative concrete frames, sold with a paper certificate of authenticity and an NFT transferred to the buyer’s crypto wallet, for provenance.
Paintings are delivered worldwide by first tier fast courier companies (e.g. FedEx, DHL, UPS or Aramex).
Free shipping is available within the UAE for any order. A flat shipping rate of USD 450 is applicable to worldwide deliveries for the original artwork stretched and framed (except for UAE, it is free), this rate covers the special protective packaging, stretching, export custom clearance charges and large parcel door to door delivery courier charges.