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Dancing in the Wheel of Life

"You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth." William P. Purkey

One of the places that I love to spend my summers is in Ohio. It is a total pleasure to drive aimlessly in the countryside, discovering small towns, plantations, rivers, trails, colorful forest, local festivals.
My favorite places to visit in Ohio is the Amish Country. Ohio always offers to the visitor something unexpected to learn or to enjoy, old traditions, great woodworks, antiques, hundred of beautiful covered bridges and much more. The people in Ohio are amiable with a warm heart.

Last year, browsing in one of Delaware, OH antique shops I found an old and rusty wheel, probably belonged to a child toy.

Bought it and sent it to Florida with the intention of transforming it into a unique piece of art. After figured out how to display the wheel, with the help of a welder, I focused on creating a figure using black clay.
The figure is a fragile ballerina dancing inside the rustic wheel.

"The wheel ( in Buddhism)... represents the endless cycle of samsara, or rebirth, which can only be escaped by means of the Buddha's teachings." Dharma Wheel

The old wheel from the Midwest, a handmade ballerina and Buddhist teaching inspiration come together to give birth to "Dancing in the Wheel of Life" sculpture.

I should say that was the original meaning.

But later, after exhibiting "Dancing in the Wheel of Life" sculpture to the public, many ladies soon found different interpretations of this artwork. They could see a profound similarity to women life. Women trapped in a world that imposes on them constricting rules, burdensome traditions, unequal opportunities, discrimination and hundred of different forms of abusive situations. The ballerina in the sculpture represents the women that endurance injustice, abuse, and discrimination trapped in the wheel of life trying to survive.

Those are the two interpretations of "Dancing in the Wheel of Life" sculpture.

What is your interpretation?

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Dancing in the wheel of Life

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