The Zen Buddhism concept of Shoshin, or "beginner's mind", refers to the idea of engagement in a given area with a degree of openness and eagerness, regardless of the level of knowledge one might have of the subject. It's a concept that encourages the letting go of preconceptions.
But when the subject is yourself, can you let go of your preconceptions?
It's this inspiration that visual artist Ala Paredes explores in her solo exhibition at Gaffa Gallery, called Without Memory, Without Desire.
Throughout the past year, Paredes has created one self-portrait a day for a year, discovering the nature of creative inspiration through discipline and repetition. The result? Evocative pieces in watercolour that beg the question, "can the creative mind truly be free from the influences of memory and the attachment to a desired outcome?".
Paredes is an artist specialising in portraiture, working mostly in watercolour. Awarded the State Medal in Illustration upon graduating from Enmore Design Centre, Ala has exhibited both in Sydney and Manila, Philippines.
Catch Ala Paredes' solo exhibition, Without Memory, Without Desire at Gaffa Gallery from 31st October until 11th November.
self portrait in watercolour by Sydney artist Ala Paredes