East-West Visual Connection Ing and John Artwork
EastWestVisualConnectionIng&JohnArtwork1a (10:28 minutes)
Link to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfEH5fWIiww
We are two sides of the same coin, quite different yet bound together by common values and continuous exchange of ideas. We are both immigrants, from opposite sides of the world,Thailand(Ing-On) and Wales(John). We both tend toward storytelling in our work, which also reflects the influences of Eastern and Western culture.
Homage to the Dragon artwork by John Watts, Pencil drawing, 1994
Hanuman Watches Over the Children artwork by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts Watercolor, 1998
I produced this video in 2008 after our art exhibition at Dana Gallery, John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey.
The Link to the interview about our exhibition is as follows:
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts , Sunday, November 03, 2013, 3:16 am
Hanuman and the Thai dancer (10:33 minutes)
Link to YouTube: : https://youtu.be/3DNLos7u1o8
Syrian people please stop fighting. If both sides do not stop fighting no one can help you. The others only give both of you weapons to kill each other and some of them will be happy to take your money.
Both of you are tired. Please rest and think carefully. No use to kill even one more person. Please stop!
I produced Hanuman and the Thai dancer video in 2007 because of the wars taking place everywhere. Humans never learn from the destruction of wars. War continues to cause both mental agony and financial ruin. I still think that my Hanuman and the Thai dancer video needs to be seen, especially because of the Syrian civil war. I beg the Syrian people on both sides to stop fighting, at least have a ceasefire. Please give yourselves a little time to think and rest. Please give and take, for no matter what, we are the same. We are all human and no one is perfect, and we are all trying our best. So please give yourselves a rest and help one and other. I am sure you will all feel better. The past is a nightmare for us all.
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Friday, August 30, 2013, 12:50 am
Link to YouTube: https://youtu.be/KSiSeNhTD7o
May peace be with everybody on earth and especially with the Syrians
I believe that all Syrian adults will want their children to go to school and have time to play with family and friends. You want your children to be happy, not to be afraid and cry. You can do it. “Make Peace, Not War”. Please do it for your children and future generations. You can show the world that Syrians are civilized people. Be an example for the world, especially the countries in your region. Show them that it is never too late to make peace. Your children and future generations will thank all of you who conquer hatred and select peace and harmony. This will be your legacy of teaching your children to learn to make peace not war. Please prove to the world that both sides of the Syrian conflict are wise enough to see that war brings only destruction and that Syrian people are able to solve their problems in peaceful ways.
The second part of Hanuman and the Thai Dancer is about the Thai dancer bringing Hanuman and his troop to a beautiful forest showing them how peaceful nature is. She shows them the waterfall, the stream full of fish swimming, the birds and the peacocks singing to greet the golden rays of the evening sun. Nature can help us to feel calm and peaceful, helping the creatures on earth live together in harmony.
Artwork by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
Thai classical traditional music
Thanks to the Thai singers and musicians.
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Sunday, September 01, 2013, 3:00 am
Hanuman and the Thai Dancer Part 3
Hanuman and the Thai Dancer Part 3 (11:11 minutes)
Link to YouTube: https://youtu.be/tl5OSyCx63A
If I see two children having a fist fight, trying to hurt each other I will go in between and try to stop both sides. Then I will question both children as to why they are fighting and who is right, and who is wrong. Then punishment should be given according to the circumstance.
If the UN has unity among nations who sincerely want to stop killing from both sides of the Syrian civil war then the UN should have troops on the ground to stop the killing. Soldiers from a UN International force are from multiple countries, not only one or a few. Once the killing has stopped the International Court of Justice will determine who is right and who is wrong.
The UN at present has no unity among the member nations. They are divided into two or three groups. One group wants to help the opposition and the other wants to sell weapons to the Syrian government or wants to join them to create a stronger power to fight the other side. What I see is that most nations are looking for an opportunity to join in the killing of the force they are opposed to if they have a chance. It will be impossible to stop the killing in Syria because the UN cannot organize nations to be a buffer between both sides in Syria. Both sides in Syria are afraid that if they do not kill the other, they will be killed. So they go on until no one is left alive.
It is very sad for humans in the twenty first century still kill each other as if we are cavemen. Now we use far more sophisticated weapons to gain power over others. How long does it take for humans to become civilized? We have educated ourselves in very advanced technology, such as going into space and mapping the human genome but we never improve human behavior. Long ago humans killed each other with stones but now we kill each other with the poison gas, germ warfare and nuclear weapons.
How can we stop humans from killing each other? Please educators and all wise men and women please help. Tell me how I can inform others that if we do not have peace we will never be able to live with each other in civilized society. Without peace there are only wars and blood shed on earth.
I do not want to believe that we humans cannot improve ourselves. Some parts of our brains do not function as fast as machines or technology therefore our behavior can lag behind the affects of the technology we create. We have to learn more from our mistakes and be more patient.
Hatred is the disease that creates war. I hope some good will come out of the Syrian and Middle East conflicts. The sadness from losing loved ones from wars will hopefully make more people realize that no good can come from killing each other.
As I end my, Hanuman and the Thai Dancer, video, I hope that before someone makes decisions to do anything please keep in mind the two universal human conditions described in my videos, “Life is Short.” and, “All Life is Precious.”.
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Wednesday, September 04, 2013, 3:32 am
Link to Descriptrions of Ing’s Videos on YouTube: