The 4th Precept


  • Chanya Ruby


Oil on canvas, 45" x 60"

"The 4th Precept": "In Thailand, we believe in superstitions and all things supernatural. Often, sayings and superstitions are based on fear and lies to make people either do something or to stop them from doing certain things. Such as, 'if a bird poops on you it’s good luck'. But, isn’t that just to make us feel better about the incident? This painting is the accumulation of those acts. We are surrounded by deceptions and manipulations. The composition of this painting is the result of how we’re being 'deprived' from the truth, and are 'bound' to believe those superstitions because our culture compels us to."

Author Biography

Chanya Ruby

Chanya Ruby is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI. Her major area of concentration is Painting with a minor in Art History. Currently, she is experimenting with different media and trying to find the subject matter of interest. Chanya works in a realistic style utilizing watercolor, acrylic, and oil paints.