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Without Memory, Without Desire Solo Exhibition by Ala Paredes

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by Erica Enriquez (subscribe)
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Discover the nature of creative inspiration
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.

Without Memory Without Desire, solo exhibition, art, artist, Ala Paredes, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney
Self portrait by artist Ala Paredes

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.

Without Memory Without Desire, solo exhibition by Ala Paredes, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney art, artist
self portrait in watercolour by Sydney artist Ala Paredes

Gaffa Gallery opening hours are Mon-Fri: 10-6. Sat: 11-5. Closed Sundays & public holidays.
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Why? Can the creative mind truly be free from the influences of memory, and an attachment to a desired outcome?
When: From 31st October to 11th November
Phone: ( 61) 02 9283 4273
Where: Gaffa Gallery
Cost: Free
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