“Like two golden birds perched on the same tree, the Ego and I dwell in the body. The former eats the sweet and sour fruit from the tree, while the latter just looks on.”– Mundaka Upanishad.
The greatest pleasure of reading a Sanskrit poem is finding the powerful image at its center– at the heart lies a story that is told through an example. The image lingers long after you have read the poem; slowly, the image works its magic, driving home the central concept
I search for the interstitial space between opposing notions; how we navigate and seek out balance between the self and the cosmos, good and evil, reality and illusion, control and instability, creation and destruction, individuality and conformity.
Inside Job and EigenFace explore the space between individuality and conformity, as well as reality and illusion. They question our self-perception and the value we place on other’s opinions. The balance between our self-perception and social-projection is delicate – reliance on the opinions of others creates a loss of self-control.
Samsara is the product of a year’s research on a single poem from the Bhagavad Gita. The symbolism of an upside-down tree is a representation of the vast cosmos and our individual place within it. Blueprint highlights the importance of Karmic balance; the Karmic balance is a measure of one’s decisions over a sequence of lifetimes, with regards to the cause and effect of these decisions.
9 Rasa, a series in progress, examines the nine human emotions—Anger, Joy, Fear, Wonder, Disgust, Peace, Empathy, Love, Courage — on a sliding scale. The pieces focus around the criticality of balance within these nine emotions– without that balance, we fall into instability and lose control of ourselves.
5 Bhuta (Elements) addresses the same relationship between control and instability, through the context of human impact on the environment. Nature flourishes when there is sacred harmony between the environment and its inhabitants; instability occurs when that harmony is lost
I strive to find parallels between our inner world and the world at large. I draw inspiration from ancient Sanskrit literature, which addresses harmony and balance, and their necessity. My work is driven by research and discovery– a passion to dive deep into ancient literature and translate it into a visual form.