Vipoo Srivilasa’s five paintings featured in his exhibition Wellness Deity explore the artist’s personal experience of overcoming some of the negative thoughts that he encountered during Melbourne’s second lockdown. Vipoo channelled these into positive thoughts for self-improvement seeing him emerge with new skills, having ventured into painting, a new medium that has expanded his artistic practice.
The paintings are based on the large murals often found in ancient Buddhist temples Thailand, which sometimes depict hell. In these new works, Vipoo centre’s himself as a deity fighting off metaphorical hungry ghosts.
As Melbourne enters it’s fourth lockdown, these paintings act as a gentle reminder for us all to try to channel our own negative thoughts and feelings and to practice our own mindful ways of focussing on the positive.
Here are a few Mindfulness activities and exercises that can help to re-center, check in and provide that little bit of self-care we
may all be in need of during this lockdown.