SAYAPATRI 100 LAYERS // 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
This work was created with support from the Asia New Zealand Foundation
Sayapatri -100 Layers is a work that focuses on the life-giving force of Mother Earth rendered in a 2 month process to honour the monsoon season in Nepal. The artwork is constructed of local Nepalese materials associated to ceremony and ritual, collected daily with monsoon rain. The evolution and physical growth of the artwork through both artist and audience participation hopes to emulate the energy associated to the life cycle of the healing, cleansing abundance of the monsoons fertility.
“As water represents the and non-manifested substratum from which all manifestations derive” and is considered by Hindus to be a purifier, life-giver, and destroyer of evil" - Dr. Uma Mysorekar, Hindu Temple Society of North America
These every day materials resound as an artwork through prayer, meditation and repetition, with the intention of creating an artwork, rich in the tradition of daily practice. To reference ceremony and ritual, deeply embedded in the Indic tradition along with the many other wisdom traditions. Through the repetition of the Medicine Buddha Mantras falling words the collected monsoon rains paired with sacred materials, the artwork becomes impregnated with aura of healing and purification. In this way, the process of making the artwork, mirrors the process of mantra meditation were the artistic practice and spiritual practice become one in the making of the installation. The title Sayapatri -100 Layers alludes to the mythologies, symbolism and spiritual significance each material brings to the reading of the art work. These multiple readings and extensive lineages endeavour to transcend religious restraints and cultural expectations connecting to a base understanding and enlightenment of the human condition. Sayapatri -100 Layers is an attempt to unite us all in the respect and humility we all must have for the sacred and re-generative forces of Mother Earth.