For many years, Joshua's art has been a powerful expression of societal pain and the tragedy of the human condition, and is known for addressing concepts such as racism, supremacy, religious persecution, and the self-imposed jails of the mind with stunning clarity and emotion. Joshua's paintings have not only commanded our attention and reminded us of our human responsibilities, but have also been the outlet for him to cope personally with the impacts of these conditions. Now, after a sustained journey of personal healing and reflection, Joshua finds himself in new and different territory: where peace and contentment are permitted as balance to the pain.
Upon rediscovering the Tao, and in particular a close examination of the ideograms formed from an early version of the Chinese language*, Joshua was moved to incorporate Tao symbols and meanings with his unique form of expression. By blending handmade paper with scraps of bible verses into a richly textured background, the series presents the simplicity of the Tao against the complexity of our daily lives. In a nod to the idea of balance, these paintings will be displayed alongside Joshua's 2020-2021 work "The Deadly Sins: A Series of Nooses" and other recent works. The Tao symbol paintings are large-form (canvases are 38" x 48") mixed media and are also available as giclée prints.
*For more information, please refer to Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony by Deng Ming-Dao.
I, Me. Wo.
The symbol is a person holding a spear, representing our internal conflicts. The Tao encourages reflection on the reality of the self.