“If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint,” said the American artist Edward Hopper. Here, Hopper emphasizes the importance of painting as a language. Art has a power to free humankind but who is it freeing? The context of the works not only remains in the audience’s hearts, but also is rooted in human culture and history. Therefore, art has to be about the artist and the world around him—herself or himself and others.
In the Diamond Sutra, the Buddha said to Subhuti: “If, Subhuti, a Bodhisattva holds onto the idea that a self, a person, a living being, a lifespan exists, that person is not an authentic bodhisattva.”
The Buddha teaches us not to dwell on our perception of things, because there is no reality as we might perceive it. When conditions change, the situation will change with it. If an artist holds on to an egotistic mind, he or she cannot break past the barrier of a strong sense of self. Without this wisdom they cannot see that we are the other person and the other person is ourselves.