This body of work is made out of millions of tiny tally marks in ballpoint pen layered over and over onto the surface of the canvas or paper until no white of the canvas or paper showed through. "This intensive process is what I do daily as an act of discipline." In the Western culture, discipline may seem like a negative connotation, but in fact, it is necessary to have discipline. All the people who are successful and Nobel Peace Prize winners practiced discipline. Ordinary people practice discipline occasionally on a day-to-day basis, for example, it needs discipline to get out of bed to prepare for work, it needs discipline to get to the car to go grocery shopping, and it needs discipline to pick up oneself and apply for a new job. For the Enlightened Saints, they are always disciplined. The term "Enlightened" means the one who has mastered his body and mind. Sun Tzu once said, "Know thyself. A thousand battles, a thousand victories." We all want to be successful and we all want to be happy, but how to have those things sooner; then every single day we put in the efforts and let it go. One tally mark at a time!
Lynx Nguyen was born in Dong Thap, Vietnam in 1985. Lynx and his family moved to the United States in 1993 to escape persecution from the communist regime. As a young boy growing up in the Communist Country of Vietnam, Lynx experienced fear and hardship, and one way to find mental comfort was to take refuge in the teaching of the Enlightened Saints. Lynx graduated from Georgia State University in 2011 with a BFA in Studio Art with an interest in Eastern philosophy and religion. In 2015, Lynx earned his MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design, which he focuses most of his effort on drawing, especially marks making, as a tool for self-discipline.