Between Worlds final

Between Two Worlds
Acrylic on Canvas
June 2013

Buddhist Dance – Ki Hoon Cho

The white silken hood
Soft as a butterfly.

The bluish shaven head
Hidden in the silk hood.

The light tinging the cheeks
Is fair sorrowfully.

The candles quietly melt and
The moon wanes on every paulonia leaf.

The long sleeves shroud the wide sky,
The seed shaped shoes move as in flight

The dark eyes rise to gaze at a star.

The two pearls on the peach-cheeks.
Though weary of the world,
Agony in a starlight.

The arms fold and then stretch
Like devout hands in prayer.

The crickets chirp away the night
And the white silken hood
Is soft as a butterfly.


This poem evoked a sense of peace to me and so I tried to think of a situation where I felt at utter peace. In some ways to be in absolute fear and giving up control is the moment where absolute peace is obtained and being one in spirit with the larger forces of love kicks in. I may have never been a Buddhist and this painting is not of the person nor of the dance but I like to think of it as the mindframe that the monk is in – much like the mindframe that I was in when all things are chaos and yet all things are quiet. In order to try to grasp this concept and one-ness the best I chose to fingerpaint and essentially feel the colors evoke the mindset and concept.

To inner peace in all situations.

This artwork is a one of a kind piece hand painted by Stephanie Ishler of Hallyu Back.  All artwork is for sale unless otherwise specified.  If you are interested in purchasing this original painting, contact us here

  • Elliot Harkin

    I really love this piece! I love the colour work, it’s just splendid :)