Art Exhibition in Australia: “Very Educational and Very Touching”
(Minghui.org) The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truth, Compassion, Forbearance) International Exhibition returned to Brisbane August 30 and 31 and once again drew a large audience.
Held at Richard Randall Studio Gallery in the Botanic Gardens, the exhibition attracted many tourists visiting Mount Coot-tha.
Moved and Inspired
With the help of an exhibition guide, an elderly woman studied the artwork. She then learned from a practitioner how to make paper lotus flowers. Taking a flower she had just made, the lady placed it next to the painting "An Orphan's Sorrow."
“It touches my heart: the girl’s sadness, helplessness, and her holding her parents’ ashes - everything,” she said. “It makes me wonder what I have to do to end this severe persecution.”
Another exhibit attendee, Vona from South Africa, had recently learned the exercises in a practice site in Southbank Park, but she did not know that practicing this peaceful meditation could lead to arrest, detention, and torture in China. “I was shocked by the brutality,” she said. She thought the artwork was very powerful.
Kylie King, a young mother, attended the exhibit with her husband and two children. They learned how to fold paper lotus flowers and chatted with practitioners. Kylie said, “Living in Australia my entire life and enjoying so much freedom, I sometimes forget how lucky we are here. The practitioners in China have endured so much suffering for their belief.”
Ms. King and her husband were also inspired by the paintings. “In today's society with such stress and anxiety, we need something like this to bring people peace and harmony,” she said.
A New Understanding of Life
The artwork also made a deep impression on a Ms. Boyle, who said, “I learned what Falun Gong is and how practitioners have suffered for their belief.” She said she particularly liked the painting “In Harmony,” which impressed her as serene and sacred.
“This was like a journey for me,” said Kelly, another observer. “From the tragedy of the suppression to the compassion and joy of the practitioners.” She commented that the painting “Setting the Cosmos in Motion” not only displayed scenes in the human world, but also far beyond. “I learned a lot from this artwork,” she said.
Sky, Kelly’s companion, had never heard about Falun Gong before. “These paintings and the stories behind them made me curious. I definitely need to explore this more.” He said he was interested in the meditation.