A being that compassionately refrains from entering nirvana in order to serve others.
Actaeon saw Greek goddess of hunt Artemis naked and in wrath she transformed him into a stag. He was then killed by his hunting dogs.
The Biblical Book of Judith tells the tale of a Jewish princess who beheaded Holofernes, a Greek general, who tried to conquer Judea.
Freedom on the march
This work was created after the 2003 invasion of Iraq (code-name Operation Iraqi Freedom). Interpretation of its meaning is up to the audience.
The Birth of Venus
Venus (Greek Aphrodite) is the Roman goddess of love, sex, beauty, and fertility. She was born of the foam from the sea after Saturn (Greek Cronus) castrated his father Uranus and his blood fell to the sea.
... but someone has to do it.
Somebody close to me died, and I imagined dying was like jumping out of time.
The Snail and The Nose
My family called this work “Snail on the Slope” thinking that it was inspired by the snail haiku. Kobayashi Issa wrote fifty, here are two:
Like some of us he looks very important - this snail.
O snail, Climb Mount Fuji, But slowly, slowly!
Pied piper of Hamelin
According to legend, the citizens of Hamelin hired a piper to lure rats away with his flute. When they refused to pay him, he returned a year later and lured away all town's children.
As the title suggests, this work was inspired by the paintings of Johannes Vermeer, a 17th century Dutch painter. All elements of this carving are taken from various Vermeer paintings.
This work was inspired by the prints of Hokusai, a Japanese painter in the Edo period.
This work was inspired by the Albrecht Dürer engraving “Peasant Couple Dancing”