This Monkey Is Following Her Own Path

This Monkey Is Following Her Own Path

pen, paint and paper cut on paper
50 x 27 cm
December 2015

We all know…..right?!… ancient symbols throughout history have been twisted and misused to manipulate and abuse us.
Well I have always felt sceptical about the way they interpreted The Three Wise Monkeys’s “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”.
Very easily it can be used to shut the mouths of people that are being abused in one way or another….to take away their voices. 
After a little bit of questioning of this interpretation and reading into the subject yourself you find that the original meaning of the ancient symbol dismantles the power of the ones that are trying to control. 

During my first visit in Japan, back in April 2005, I saw this man being unaware of the cherry blossom petal resting on his head. This inspired me and so I made a photo of it. Now finally I knew where to place that in one of my works.

Published by Diana van der Harst

Diana van der Harst, the creator of Leftover Universe, draws inspiration for her range of work from her own life experience and from those beings; human, animal, plant and invisible, that surround her. Her love of all of life in its richness and variety has blossomed into the body of work that continues to evolve. Her work is intuitive, contemplative, spiritual, whimsical, harmonious, unique and poetic. Diana uses a range of mediums including Painting, Drawing, Photography, Illustration, Poetry, Graphics, Ceramics, Textile Art and Fashion & Textile Design thus creating a range of works that include functional objects such as pottery, blankets, cushions and bags each bearing the unique attributes of her style. For a full Artist Statement go to: For the artist's Resume go to:

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