Woon-Ngor Ballik

Body Within

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As soon as we knew how to reason, daily life became very chaotic for every human being. We live in our own body. It doesn't matter if we like it or not, we need to deal with our body and soul every day.

If our spirit was on the right track, then our physical body would be healthy, and it would be easy to cope with our busy life.

I was born in Hong Kong, where I was raised and educated in a traditional Chinese environment. Since 1968,1 have been living in Canada. Both eastern and western culture have rooted in my mind. My Tao and chakra heritage are expressed in a western style of painting. My wish is that the viewer of my paintings can comprehend one aspect of how our mind can affect our body.

I hope my desire for inner peace and harmony is reflected in my current paintings having the general title "Body Within".

The exhibit consists of two sets of seven paintings (total 14), each 32-in by 32-in. The first layer is raw canvas with a black and white yin-yang symbol in acrylic. The second layer (cover layer) is Mylar containing figures drawn with watercolour pencils and painted with watercolour.

These paintings are a Western interpretation of Eastern philosophy which includes the belief that the body has seven chakra (seven layers or levels) that can be represented by colours. Each painting has a dominant colour corresponding to a level. The first chakra, located at the base of the spine, is the energy centre and the colour is red. The second chakra is located in the sexual organs and is the chakra of creativity, the colour is orange. The third chakra is located in the solar plexus and is the chakra of personal power, the colour is yellow. The fourth chakra is the heart chakra and is the chakra of love, the colour is green. The fifth chakra is the throat chakra and is the chakra of communication, the colour is blue. The sixth chakra, located in the centre of the forehead, is better known as the third eye and is the chakra of spirit, the colour is indigo. The seventh or crown chakra is located at the top of the head and is the chakra of integration with God, the colour is purple.

The first three levels (chakra) red, orange and yellow represent the male (yang). The last three levels (chakra) blue, indigo and purple represent the female (yin). When the yin and yang are in balanced harmony, then they are connected together with green (love) and a great awakening is within our body.

Each set corresponds to the chakra system. One set represents day and the other night. These also correspond to the white and black, respectively, of the yin-yang symbol.