The Philosophers Stomach

2012 - ongoing

The Philosophers Stomach

I have for most of my life been exposed to and educated with “Western” theories and concepts of beauty. And over many, many centuries there have been many of these theories and ideas posited. They appear, are discussed and argued, evolve, and as time passes are replaced. But not completely as parts of the arguments linger and intermingle with others.

And there is an abundance of theories based on many ideas such as, but by no means limited to degrees of perfection, curves, mathematics, the proportions of bodies. They all exist, they all fail to describe beauty.

I now live in Asia and here have learnt more about what is often referred to as “Eastern” concepts of beauty. Concepts which beauty can be removed from its physical attributes, which include such things as Confucian self sacrifice and filial piety, (which also has parallels in Christian philosophy), and Daoist concepts of naturalism and the totality of the cosmos.

So this work evolved out a way to try and combine and encompass various aspects of those ideals.

And the title? It comes from a number of strands, but refers in part to a comment made on the theory of curves and references how a fat stomach may be curved but it was not necessarily beautiful.

2012 - ongoing