Cody Seekins

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Fuku-Shiva, 2014 Oil On Canvas 20" X 24" © 2014
Scion of a Budgie-Sattva, 2015 Oil On Canvas 24" X 36" © 2015
Dionysus, 2015 Oil On Canvas 40cm X 30cm © 2015
Phra Nang Farang, 2014 Oil On Canvas 24" X 20" © 2014
The Moth Catcher, 2016 Oil On Canvas 40 Cm X 30cm © 2016
The Automaton, 2012 Oil On Canvas 30" X 24" © 2012
Quick Facts
Wichita State University, 2008, BA Studio Arts
Academy of Art University, San Francisco
figurative, surrealism, modern
The Jātaka Tales of Cody Seekins

As I clear my conscious mind it peels away to reveal the vast unconscious dimensions of my greater being. Because this awareness produced in me a natural affinity for eastern thought I refer to my works as “Jātaka Tales” or simply “Jātakas”. I see the challenges, enigmas, sentiments, and ephemera of my experience as similar to the historical 3rd person Jātaka narratives of Gautama Buddha prior to his enlightenment. The term “Budgie-Sattva” within my oeuvre is an appropriation combining the word budgie (parrot) with “bodhisattva”, or one who is still on the path toward perfect awareness.

The traditional Jātaka tales are an interesting collection of Buddhist allegories which recognize the subjective journey toward enlightenment by illustrating the groundwork an individual goes through. That groundwork manifests as incarnations of personal identity, experience, and learning; a framework allowing me to build a body of paintings pulling from my exterior and interior life. Traditional Jātaka tales describe multiple past lives of the Gautama Buddha, where each identity is a separate incarnation.  In my works, these multiple incarnations of self are contained within one life.  In effect, I am narrating contemporary Jātaka tales from the 1st person perspective.

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