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Lotus Sound
1992; terracotta, lotus petals, gold foil; 350 x 300 x 300 cm. Collection of Petch Osathanugrah, Bangkok.

Boonma's Lotus Sound arises from the essence of Buddhist faith. The porous terracotta wall of bells is at once opaque and transparent, solid and fragile, permanent and perishable, metaphorical of a barrier and a filter-partially blocking the way to the golden lotus with petals bursting forth in space. Comparable to a rib cage protecting the self, the wall is porous and fragile, moving in accordance with the motion of the lungs in the rhythm of breathing.