“THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER”
Colombo/Barefoot Gallery/June 12-24th, 2007
The body of work on display is a series of images produced at the KHOJ International Artists Residency Program in New Delhi, India during 2006. The subject matter is vastly different to my earlier work and was inspired not only by my own interest towards the ‘Spirituality of the Theravada Buddhist Philosophy” but also inspired by a true friend and mentor during the long months of winter in India…. I am not saying it was easy, this is the first time I have approached this kind of subject matter and adapted to this style of shooting.
As an Islander, as a woman and an artist I have strived to take my first steps in achieving a series of imagery that evoke the spirit of the Buddha and parts of his life, through visual representation of Black and White Photography, capturing a sense of the past along with the present. This journey is as much of discovering a country where he lived and traveled but also capturing experiences on how this country lives and breathes the contemporary stories, tales and legends of the Buddha. The work is far from finished thus there is no method to the madness… however it is a journey… my journey… a documentation of my inner thoughts during that time away…. Even though it may seem like a click of a camera each image was as tedious to capture as the next…
Visiting Bodh Gaya, Varanasi, Rajgir, Nalanda was an experience that pleased the eye, and caused me to gasp in surprise at the beauty and untouched culture still preserved in the pockets and places of interest. It is my belief however that they exist only as the capsule that contains the fiery energy: whatever one would define it as, without that, the image would not even have come into existence.
The Body of work has also been shown at The Khoj International Artists Residency Program in New Delhi, Jan 2006, Part of it was on display at the Group Exhibition “A Critical Intimacy” at the Harold Peiris Gallery in January 2007 and 12 Images are currently in Preparation for a Show in Frankfurt, Germany 2007.