ALONE…CONTEMPLATING THE FIVE MOUNTAINS © chinese ink on paper, approximately 12 x 18 inches, 2014.
Continuing experiments with landscapes using the “dry-brush” technique. I don’t know but I’ve been drawing mountains, waterfalls and seas for almost two months now. Yup, these are indeed constants in Chinese-style painting. But probably they are archetypal representations of something deeper. Well, I have ideas which are too personal to share. I can say however, that these landscapes are indeed “self portraits”. The title of this particular piece reflects my desire to see the significance of these symbols in my own personal “inner journey”. Are the five mountains my archetypes? Is the sea my unconscious? Is the Buddhist monk a representation of my ego balancing between the two realms of psychic existence? - Jose Alain Austria.