A MUSTARD FIELD OF THE MIND // MELANIE ROGER GALLERY // BARTLEY & COMPANY ART // 2013//4
The pungent phrase - a mustard field of the mind - from British novelist Hari Kunzru via Kiwi artist/writer Tessa Laird opens up the multiple possibilities inherent in Tiffany Singh's art practice. What Laird has described as the “constant engagement with the aesthetics of elsewhere” in Singh's work enables viewers to journey with all senses to a territory outside the usual ambit of contemporary New Zealand art. Etymology and origin Saṃsāra means “he flows into himself,” to perpetually wander, to pass through states of existence. Saṃsāra or Sangsāra (in Tibetan called ‘khor ba (pronounced kɔrwɔ in many Tibetan dialects) literally meaning “continuous flow”, is the repeating cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth (reincarnation) within Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Bon, Jainism and Yoga. In Sikhism this concept is slightly different and looks at our actions in the present and consequences in the present. These concepts will inform my new work that looks at the aesthetic spaces in between each casting.