INDRAS BOW // NAPIER MTG // 2016
For Indra’s Bow the motif of the rainbow aesthetically renders the global value of light. The rainbow has been seen as favourite component of mythology throughout history. A naturally occurring phenomenon created by two life giving elements, water and light. Noted for its beauty and mystical appearance the rainbow in all cultures signifies new beginnings and prosperity.
The colours of the rainbow also correlate to the colours of the chakras. In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. The motif of the rainbow acts as a bridge between Eastern and Western philosophies, reflecting the complex diversity of rainbow myths with their far-reaching, yet inherent similarities. The symbolism of the rainbow has been part of the myths of many cultures around the world for millennia. In using both the floor and ceiling as supports for the art work, it holds a multi-dimensional space. Eluding to the bridge, the portal or embarking on a journey. Whether as a bridge to the heavens, messenger, archer’s bow, or serpent, the rainbow has been pressed into our knowledge spheres as a beautiful causal link between heaven and earth.
As Diwali is typically dedicated to Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity. Seeing that rice is a ritual offering to the goddess with a strong association to women and fertility. We honour this Eastern tradition by creating the earth mandala in rice. Whilst the sky rainbow is focused on the beauty of natural materials, in the hope of bringing a fresh perspective to the native rainbows that surround us constantly.