How can we deliberately walk out of the influence of affluenza (a portmanteau of affluence and influenza used by critics of consumerism per Wikipedia)? I do not believe that affluenza epidemics are caused only by our excessive wealth seeking behaviors. I know a few, who seek prestige regardless their financial gains, also suffer from heavy unfulfilling feelings. I am in the same shoes. As I try to launch a new career as an artist, I hunger for recognitions rather than being satisfied with the fact that I am living the life I have dreamed of however humble it might be. I tell myself to not burden my conscience with too much ambitions.
This sculpture is a tribute to my favorite novel Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. As Siddhartha soothed the agony of my youth, may this piece foster an oasis of serenity in those who have been seeking it. May this piece help you untwine yourself from human greed and find your own peace deep within you.