Experiments inspired by Folk Art

Madhubani art, from the region of ancient Mithila, modern-day state of Bihar, Eastern India. Childlike forms, gods and goddesses, story glimpses flash in my mind. The landscape of Indian folk art is vast and Madhubani art is a popular artform, familiar, seen in paintings, on sarees. Now on Pinterest and You Tube videos, it is obvious…

Illusion and/or Reality 

My interest in the Silk Road and related topics led me recently to watch two series  – remarkably grand productions – on Netflix, “The Story of the Buddha”, a production from India, and “Marco Polo” a production from Hollywood. Both made a deep impression on me. Each told a story of historical periods, the first,…

Interstitial

I’m not quite sure how the word and the concept of ‘interstitial’ has come to the forefront of my consciousness since last week.  Perhaps it showed up in the interstices of my mind during one of my chanting meditations. Or perhaps it was in something I read. In any case, the word concept has captured…

Ruminations on Religion

The topic of religion and its more inclusive cousin, spirituality, has always fascinated me. I have found myself often in some sort of dialogue with the topic – in discovery within, or in reaction to, or in direct engagement with, over time. Being born and raised in a country/land steeped in religion and spirituality, India,…

New Ink Series for a Reflection Journal

Recently, Women’s Leadership Community,  in Minnesota, of whose leadership program I am an alum, invited me to contribute my art to the pages of a reflection journal (A Woman’s Leadership Journal: Exploring the Path of Wisdom) which would feature blank pages with meaningful quotes interspersed with pages of art. The cover would feature the work…

From Silk to Spirit: Journeying along the Silk Road

We often think of globalization as a modern phenomenon, but the Silk Road epitomized it in ancient times. Established toward the end of China’s Han dynasty (202 b.c.–a.d. 220) in the first and second centuries, the Silk Road reached the height of its glory in the Tang dynasty (a.d. 618–906), Stretching 7,000 miles from China…

Art Collab: Week 5

(The artist’s journey may be solitary on one hand but it thrives on camaraderie and inspired company. Cecilia Ramon is an artist and dear friend and we are continuing our collaborative exploration together. Every week that we can, one of us will send the other some inspiration in the form of an excerpt from a…