TIBET HOUSE GALLERY
Alchemy of Light
May 12 - June 22, 2011
The work for this exhibition began to develop many years ago. Each piece has a story and is the result of a multidimensional practice using photography, painting, and assemblage. As an artist, my paintings inform my photography and vice versa. While the paintings here primarily explore light, both as physical phenomena and metaphor for consciousness, the photography bears witness in a different sort of way. Light, as it exists in time and space, is captured in an instant. Both mediums have as their subject the transcendent "I" of the absolute, mingled with the substance of light itself.
The large fabric constructions, rich in complex imagery and symbolism, are a departure for me. The reference to ladders in this series comes from my investigations into symbols of consciousness throughout history. The evolution of human spirituality and consciousness ascending and descending a ladder is also a symbol for what is known as the "Axis Mundi", or world center, in many cultures, religions and cosmologies. The modern scientific images of the body (an actual bone density scan) struck me in particular as a perfect symbol of this concept.
These pieces are made of specially prepared transparent fabrics which allow for the transmission of light as well as printing. The use of fabric resonated for me with the Tibetan tradition of using thangkas and prayer flags as objects of, and for, meditation, typically carried by monks over long distances. As spiritual and utilitarian art forms, they inspired many contemplative hours of careful construction, so very different from my usual means of expression!
As with prayers and mantras sent out into the world on the winds, I humbly present these works. May they bring happiness, a sense of peace and quietude to those who encounter them.