Montien Boonma, AGNSW
Boonma was a devout Buddhist. The monk’s bowl is held out empty to be filled by passers-by in an act of mutual exchange; by giving we receive blessings so an empty bowl in fact brims with positive potential.
The bowl has imprint of his teeth and hands. At the unveiling of the work, visitors drank whiskey and herbs from the bowl with the scoop fashioned from his mouth. Quite a performance piece, now resting, since his death from cancer in 2000,