The Story – SPEAK NO EVIL
“To speak no evil” can be interpreted in two different ways; it could mean to restrict yourself from saying anything that causes harm to someone or to stay silent in the face of adversity or injustice. This tenet of the Three Wise Monkeys’ proverb is to make us ponder whether our voices contribute to the meaningless chatter that bogs down society and our silences implicit in encouraging the misdeeds around us.
Standing in front of a gold patterned background, the wide-eyed Wise Woman in this original painting covers her mouth using her vibrantly coloured hands. Her expressions give away her sense of astonishment, as if she has run out of words. Her bewilderment is contagious, as the viewer is also left wondering what this Wise Woman is trying to say. Does she see us for who we are and all the secrets that we carry? Is she coyly mocking us with all her unsaid wisdom? We shall never know…
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.