"That Which Saves When Repeated"

 

Gayatri Mantra

 

“That Which Saves When Repeated” is inspired by the musical elements of the ancient and irrevocably powerful Vedic Gayatri Mantra. The Gayatri Mantra has been a symbol of irrevocable faith in a higher spiritual power.

My interest in Sanskrit writing is rooted in its strong and striking form. The mantra, traditionally sung, holds a vibratory sense, which I strive to reveal through the use and energy in the negative spaces of this series. Its lyrical and meditative qualities lent themselves to form an analogous layer to the work; stroke analogous to the repetitive entrancing sound of the chant. The stillness in traditional Asian painting strongly resonates with my enthusiasm for the simplicity of line work.

An integral element of the work is the intentional abstraction and repetitive construction. This was a guided attempt to bring the text to a point of illegibility and resurrect it as a symbol so the work and its spiritual foothold may reverberate and travel beyond language barriers.

The materials lend themselves to serve the same purpose of softness with layered  rice paper and ink on panels.

This piece was exhibited in "Ink from Abroad" at the Zhu Jizhan Museum of Art, Shanghai in 2014. 

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