Drawing > King of birds

King of Birds - Brent Goose
Ink and pen on paper
7 x 7 in
2014
King of Birds - Collared Flycatcher
Ink and pen on paper
7 x 7 in
2014
King of Birds - Red Crowned Crane
Ink and pen on paper
7 x 7 in
2014
King of Birds - Common Loon
Ink and pen on paper
7 x 7 in
2014
King of Birds - Black-winged Stilt
Ink and pen on paper
7 x 7 in
2014
King of Birds - Willet
Ink and pen on paper
7 x 7 in
2014
King of Birds - Cape Petrel
Ink and pen on paper
7 x 7 in
2014
King of Birds - Long-tailed Jaeger
Ink and pen on paper
7 x 7 in
2014
King of Birds - Dalmatian Pelican
Ink and pen on paper
7 x 7 in
2014
King of Birds - Ross’s gull
Ink and pen on paper
7 x 7 in
2014

A letter to you

Dear one,
‘King of Birds’ is a celebration of my spiritual journey by questioning the origin of life, asking: What is it before our first thought? What is living in this present moment?' Who am I? This drawing-based installation of a grouping of birds and one mirrored lake is inspired from the 12th century Persian long poem The Conference of the Birds by poet Farid ud-Din Attar, which tells the tale of a group of birds who desire to know the great Simorgh (Simorgh – a mysterious bird in Iranian mythology which is a symbol often found in sufi literature, and similar to the phoenix bird – and "si morgh" – meaning "thirty birds" in Persian) start their journey toward the land of king of birds. One by one, they drop out of the journey. Eventually thirty birds remain as they finally arrive in the land of Simorgh – all they see there are each other and the reflection of the thirty birds in a lake. As the birds realize the truth that being the king is in us all.
Dear friend, with much love and my best wishes for you to follow your heart and to live your life as an expression of truth and freedom.

Love,

Jinzhe

2015. 8. 13 2:30 pm Saskatoon