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Samsara

Samsara is a meditation upon the true nature & purpose of human life. A life that begins with an innocent cry of hope & fear, peaks at youth bursting with beauty & passion, declines under the yoke of experience & old age & finally, ceases with death - inevitable & unconquerable. It is inspired by the legend of the famous young Indian prince who ventured out of his father's protective palace walls (meant to shield him from painful realities of human life) & saw among many things an aged man, a sick man & a dead man - an experience that aroused in him a spiritual urgency to transcend such an existence.

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Samsara is also an appreciation of the fact that life is not possible without death. That without darkness, there is no possibility of light. It is a reminder that contemplation of such realities, although unpleasant, is necessary to make us question the meaning & purpose of life. It is also a realization that freedom & transcendence are possible, but only if we appreciate the reality that between birth & death exists the hope & opportunity for transcendence & liberation. That it is what we do with our life which ultimately changes everything.

About the artist
Yen Chua is a fine art artist and certified Art Therapist and one of the founding members of the Art Therapists’ Association of Singapore (ATAS). She graduated with a Master of Arts (Art Therapy) in 2007 from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore; a Master of Arts (Research) in 2002 from the National Institute of Education, Singapore; and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1993 from the San Francisco Art Institute, USA. She has worked in a variety of settings with individuals and groups of different age with social-emotional issues, addiction, rehabilitation, behavioural problems, trauma and other mental health issues.

Learn more about the artist at http://www.yenchua.net/

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