Daruma’s are round, hollow Japanese wish dolls in the shape of an egg. They are a symbolic representation of Bodhidharma, a Buddhist monk and founder of the art of Zen. According to legend, Bodhidharma lost his limbs while attaining this pure Zen state, therefore the doll is lacking limbs as well. The dolls are most commonly red but can also be found in yellow, black and white amongst other colors. Their painted faces feature a mustache and beard, skillfully brushed to resemble Bodhidharma. Using black ink or paint, one fills in a single circular eye while thinking of a wish, and should the wish become realized, the second eye can be happily filled in. Because of their low center of gravity, the Daruma doll returns to its upright position after being tilted on its side. As such, the doll has become a symbol for optimism, persistence and strong determination.
18” x 24” silk screened one color black metallic ink on French, Muscletone, 140lb, black paper stock. Printed by Screwball Press, Chicago, IL.