Sarah Wilbanks is a Seattle artist who's been making jewelry for over 20 years. On February 9th, she will showcase some of her current work at our Japantown gallery. Luminescent and lightweight, her jewelry evokes the subtle, varied beauty of nature with silver and gold leaf accents.
Bosatsu is a Japanese word for “Bodhisattva” originated as a Sanskrit word for a “being who aspires to Buddhahood.” Bosatsu carry out altruistic practices to achieve enlightenment and are compassionate beings who postpone their own entry into Nirvana in order to lead others toward enlightenment. The plump figures, which I call “Chubbies”, are the predominant icons in my art and my visual interpretation of the Bodhisattvas. These Bodhisattvas are struggling and suffering in order to advance to enlightenment while helping others to do the same, in the muddy pond of earthly desires.