THUS SHALL YE THINK OF ALL THIS FLEETING WORLD, A STAR AT DAWN, A BUBBLE IN THE STREAM, A FLASH OF LIGHTENING IN A SUMMER CLOUD, A FLICKERING LAMP SIDDHARTHA ART GALLERY KATHMANDU, NEPAL 2014
These works consist of locally picked seasonal flowers crushed to extract natural dyes overlaid with watercolour to mirror the colour way of Sayapatri -100 Layers. The prayer flag reference repeats in a set of five colours, representing the elements and the Five Pure Lights. These different elements are associated with different colours for specific traditions, purposes and Sadhana. According to traditional Tibetan belief, health and harmony are produced through the balance of the five elements.The paintings are then offered to the the monsoon water allowing the rains to inform the aesthetics of the final work.
The monsoon paintings use flowers picked from Kirtipur, which were given to the artist while she was planting rice in the area. The flowers also resonate the sentiment of the exhibition - the fleeting moment or the “glimpse.” These flowers were in bloom at one time and their colour and form has now been immortalised in paper left out in the monsoon rain. There is much vibrancy in the pigments, extracted through the Japanese ‘hapazome’ technique. The paintings are revealed; real flowers and watercolour paint mixed with monsoon rainwater, and finally, details observed by the artist were added on to the paintings with a gold pen.