Monk and Fish (AKA The Drunk Monk) #2


spray paint on 3/4 inch plywood

18 x 24 inches

Inspiration: Portland has a population of Buddhist monks, more than one of which you might occasionally find particularly inebriated around a late-night bonfire. I combined an old monk in the traditional garb of a Zen Buddhist, a SE Asian fishing village at night, a catfish, and my memory of the annual bathtub races that would take place outside my father-in-law’s lakeside tavern in Wisconsin. In my mind this old monk is really on the edge of a serious personal disaster as he attempts to share his sake with the bewildered fish. Perhaps all of us, even old Zen masters, have our demons to contend with?