Christopher David White’s gnarly hand is a fantastic sculpture from his series, titled Cycle of Decay. Despite the negative connotations of decay, his works help us realize the beauty and rebirth inherent in the cycles of life. Sculpted from ceramic and painted in acrylic, the hands appear as super realistic driftwood – uprooted at the wrist and caressing a fragment of a human abode. They are beautifully peaceful and eloquent statements on life within death.
Like Chodron (a prolific author and Buddhist nun), I believe that change is evident in nearly every aspect of our daily lives and comes in numerous forms. The people we know, the world in which we live, and even the technology we use on a daily basis is in a constant state of flux. With nature undergoing this perpetual transformation, everything derived from nature is subject to the same cycle of growth and decay – life and death. Often, the process of change occurs at an almost unnoticeable rate. For this reason, we become attached to the world around us, and we expect that things will remain the same. So we take for granted what we experience each day of our lives. But, permanence is the ultimate illusion. – Via Christopher’s Website
Thanks! – Via Skumar, Tumblr