Size: 18"W x 18"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2016
Ready to Hang
The piece is 18"x18" acrylic on white canvas. Edition 5 of 5.
11. Peace is part of the I Ching Paintings series. The piece depicts the 11th I Ching hexagram named: Peace. The series consists of each of the 64 I Ching hexagrams.
I Ching Paintings is an enlightening series that arose out of the artist's fascination with eastern philosophy and metaphysics. Based on the ancient Chinese divination text, the paintings reinterpret its ethereal symbols through the use of bold colors and shapes to bring one of the oldest Chinese classics onto canvas.
I Ching, known as the Book of Changes, is an ancient divination classic, which for centuries aided the members of the royal families running their empires, or the sages and scholars delving into the secrets of life. Amid the chaos of reality, the book offered a vision—a peek into the unknown realms of existence that allowed people to make important strategic decisions at their challenging life passages or existential crossroads. It has been in use in China and Asia for the last three thousand years, but it was only in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century that it was first widely introduced to the West by contemporary sinologists. Since then, it has provided inspiration to those who were open-minded in the western world, including the renowed psychologist. C.G. Jung, who was fascinated with its ideas. He would became one of the first to adopt and support its idea of a non-causal world saying that "while the Western mind carefully sifts, weighs, selects, classifies, isolates, the Chinese picture of the moment encompasses everything down to the minutest nonsensical detail, because all of the ingredients make up the observed moment."
With the western world being so focused on the tactile, causality and scientific reasoning, the artist is embarking on a mission to put the I Ching into the spotlight, in a novel way, specifically, in the context of art through a visual interpretation that defies the physical world of hard numbers and facts.
Indeed, the artist believes that the very presence of these works enhances the surrounding space with beneficial powers. He invites individuals to intuitively and auspiciously pick the symbol that resonates most with them, for answers can be found within the hexagrams themselves, which have acquired cosmological significance, by capturing and representing a snapshot of the universe around us and within us, the product of a process of constant flux of endless combinations of yin and yang.
Kilu’s artistic practice explores intangible mediums such as light or metaphysics by manipulating shapes or symbols. Kilu relocated to New York from Switzerland in 2006 after winning The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. His accomplishments also include winning The Healing Power of Art award in 2007, as well as being exhibited in several solo and group shows in New York. Kilu currently lives and creates in Miami and New York.