Piece description from the artist
This is an image of the bodhisattva of compassion, known as Avalokiteshvara or Quanyin. Her name means "the one who beholds the cries of the world."
Josh Bartok is a Buddhist priest who has been practicing Zen for the last two decades. His photographs have indirectly arisen out of his Zen meditation. His practice involves both absorbing the richness of the present and continuously opening oneself to the world. He strives to illuminate beauty in unexpected places without judgment or commentary.
Josh has been influenced by centuries of Zen artists and calligraphers, as well as abstract expressionists such as Mark Rothko, Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian and Robert Motherwell. He likes to think of himself as an abstract expressionist painter who creates jointly with the universe with the guiding hand of the world.
Josh is currently based in Somerville, MA.