For my RELICS exhibit, I made ten scrolls bearing American English platitudes that could be construed to have philosophical or spiritual meanings. See all of the scroll posts here.
Another phrase/cliche that we use a lot which is interesting to ponder is "it's all good." When we say this we usually mean "don't worry about it" or even "I don't care." It's dismissive, like "it is what it is." I paired this phrase with a bit of text from the Old Testament book of Genesis (you can see the tiny text extending like five rays from the bottom of the sun shape):
God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was goodPutting these two texts together made me feel a little sad. It is indeed all good — the land, the seas, this beautiful planet and all the beings that dwell here. That would be a great thing to remember every time we hear this phrase.
Tech notes: I printed a circular orange-to-yellow bokashi on an uncarved wood block at the top of the paper. The orange lines that create the sun shape over the bokashi are a transfer drawing (see this post for an explanation of that method). The small orange and yellow circles were stamped with a rubber eraser stamp I made. Large text was applied in watercolor through a stencil, small text was rubber stamped.