In Dec 2009, after a year in India, the first place I went to in NYC before I even saw any friends was the Museum of Natural History. In the basement there is a hall filled with Totem poles and masks from the Pacific North West coast Indians....This is where I went to ground...with the sacred spirits of the land I had just returned to. I've always had a strong connection to the spirit of the native peoples more than the western culture that has sprung up on their ancient land....perhaps it was those pow-wows my mom would take me to as a child which activated some inner affinity.... I've wanted to do a totem series for some time, and now that I have the opportunity to work large again (temporary studio during this nomadic journey), sketches of sadhus from the Kumbh Mela, as well as Kabbalistic concepts (subjects I'm currently exploring) are working their way into these unfolding and vibrating energy totems....
(They are all gouache on eucalyptus paper)
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Wow...Since I've been In India I've read so many mind expanding books which tickled my intellect...plus they have weighed be down, and taken up a lot of room in my small baggage ...needless to say, books have played a big role on this nomadic journey, ....that is until recently when I began to feel completely overwhelmed by all the knowledge I had exposed myself to....My system crashed, and part of my recovery process was taking a fresh look at the role of the book's surface/cover...I invented a title, and gave my creativity a break by using found imagery from this trip (covers of books I'm actually schleeping around, match books I found at the Kumbh Mela, and old etching some westerner did of Indian myths a couple hundred years ago). These are all pen on Nepali rice paper... probably 8x12