This piece is inspired from the way a traditional Buddhist altar is set up. In the altar, at
the center stands a Buddha statue which is referred to as “Choe Ku” or the “Ultimate Enlightened
Being.” On the left of the Buddha statue stands the “Lung Ku” or the statue of Chenrezig or any
reincarnation or form of Chenrezig, an enlightened being who remained in the human world to
help other sentient beings. On the right of is the statue of the saint Guru Rinpoche, who is believed
to be the second Buddha. No matter how big or small or how fancy or decorated the altar is, I have noticed that these three statues of enlightened beings are always set up in this way. I wanted to capture this combined and collective sacred energy of the three enlightened beings or bodies together
on an altar into this piece, to make, in a way, a painted altar.
Title: Choe Ku, Lung Ku, Tuel Ku (Three Bodies)
Dimension: 350×150 cm
About the Artist
A Bhutanese contemporary artist for over 19 years, I am popularly known as Tintin.
I like to re-examine Buddhist and Bhutanese concepts, freeing them from their expected, familiar contexts and reframing their meaning.
Born 1985, from Thimphu
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