The Stonecutter


There was once a stonecutter, who was dissatisfied with himself and with his position in life.

One day, he passed a wealthy merchant's house, and through the open gateway, saw many fine possessions and important visitors. "How powerful that merchant must be!" thought the stonecutter. He became very envious, and wished that he could be like the merchant. Then he would no longer have to live the life of a mere stonecutter.

To his great surprise, he suddenly became the merchant, enjoying more luxuries and power than he had ever dreamed of, envied and detested by those less wealthy than himself. But soon a high official passed by, carried in a sedan chair, accompanied by attendants, and escorted by soldiers beating gongs. Everyone, no matter how wealthy, had to bow low before the procession. "How powerful that official is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be a high official!"

Then he became the high official, carried everywhere in his embroidered sedan chair, feared and hated by the people all around, who had to bow down before him as he passed. It was a hot summer day, and the official felt very uncomfortable in the sticky sedan chair. He looked up at the sun. It shone proudly in the sky, unaffected by his presence. "How powerful the sun is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be the sun!"

Then he became the sun, shining fiercely down on everyone, scorching the fields, cursed by the farmers and laborers. But a huge black cloud moved between him and the earth, so that his light could no longer shine on everything below. "How powerful that storm cloud is!" he though. "I wish that I could be a cloud!"

Then he became the cloud, flooding the fields and villages, shouted at by everyone. But soon he found that he was being pushed away by some great force, and realized that is was the wind. "How powerful it is!" he though. "I wish that I could be the wind!"

Then he became the wind, blowing tiles off the roofs of houses, uprooting trees, hated and feared by all below him. But after a while, he ran up against something that would not move, no matter how forcefully he blew against it--a huge, towering stone. "How powerful that stone is!" he thought. I wish that I could be a stone!"

Then he became the stone, more powerful than anything else on earth. But as he stood there, he heard the sound of a hammer pounding a chisel into the solid rock, and felt himself being changed. "What could be more powerful than I, the stone?" he thought. He looked down and saw far below him the figure of a stonecutter.

-From Benjamin Hoff's, The Tao of Pooh

 

Process • プロセス

 

The first seed for The FLB was created by a childhood friend (Woz) that had a massive impact on the process of The FLB. I once received a card from Woz jokingly address to "The Funky Love Bunny from hell". It was the first time I was to see that name but I thought nothing of it for many years.

Woz introduced to me Taoism, Buddhism & philosophy that later lead to my discovery of Buddhist mandalas that perfectly exemplified process art. Although the mandalas result in a beautiful image being created, it later has the sand it was made from swept away upon completion with the mindfulness of the process being more important than the resultant image. The Buddhist Dharma taught me to be mindful & observant of all of the processes of life. The compassion, empathy & understanding that came from the observation of process lead me to not only to become Buddhist & Vegan but also explore how processes can be shared with others such as in art

So after years of studies & practice in Fine arts & performance art, trying to understand what separated art from other forms of creation, I finally concluded that -

'Art is when you create a process & Craft is when you use those processes to create"

I knew I would not succeed as an artist until I had invented a truly unique process. I didn't want The FLB art /process to be bound to just the traditional gallery framework or traditional fine art techniques that would limit its possibilities, scope & accessibility. What I wanted was a process that would be documented simply by the understanding of it's existence & thus automatically become part of it. And by sheer coincidence I was reading an excerpt about Taoism in Benjamin Hoffs book "The Tao of Pooh" & it struck me that like the stonecutter story (above), what I realised is that I wanted to be me. I realised my life was the process, the artwork. But to have this newly discovered process artwork recognised, I needed to give it a title so that people could see it & not just me. I found myself increasingly & unconsciously using 'The Funky Love Bunny' from Woz's old card to sign things & thus decided to choose it as the title of my process artwork

The only way to have The FLB officially & legally recognised was to start establishing documentation that people knew The FLB by wearing a name tag, being introduced as The FLB & doing newspaper, radio & TV interviews, shows & performances as The FLB whilst giving out business cards, creating websites etc etc. & after the required period of time, enough evidence had been collected that proved people knew me as Funky Love Bunny to have The FLB officially recognised.

 

 

After decades in planing, The FLB became the worlds first artwork to receive an official government issued birth certificate & passport to recognise it's creation
(18th February 2003)