vrijdag 30 oktober 2015

Unnecessary Death

"Unnecessary Death", Wim Van Aalst, 110x145 cm, oil on panel

Here, a classical pi├Ęta theme is used to express a comtemporary drama: a grieving mother holds her daughter's body, who was murdered by the autorities because of her belief.

In her hand an origami flower sporting the chinese characters “zhen”, “shan” and “ren” (truthfulness, benevolence, forbearance), the basic tenets of Falun Gong, a Bouddhist selfdiscipline that was banned in China 15 years ago when the number of its practitioners had begun to exceed that of Communist Party members.

From one day to the next, 100 million people became target of state persecution. Now, with too much to hide and too much blood on their hands, Party officials have sealed their own regime's unavoidable demise.

dinsdag 20 oktober 2015


"Hope", oil on dibond, 70x89cm


Crawled onto a crumbling peak
Abyss ahead, abyss beneath
Dark billowing clouds bespeak
Doom's intent on my defeat

A bitter, angry, frightened heart
Puny, makes too weak a case
Tis just Fate handing a card
I acknowledge with light-hearted grace

For who decides how I'm to feel?
Strangling demons by bare hand
Breaking fear's fervor's rotting seal
As tribulations sift the sand

Mine's the choice! Through the needle's eye
Unconditional promise of content
A shimmering pierced through the sky
As doom to sudden luck was bent

 - Wim Van Aalst