nomad collection | technique mixte
I am helplessly seduced by
solitude, silence, stillness
but sooner or later
I get horny for creativity.
Sutra is a Sanskrit word that can mean thread, (sew, stitches) or spiritual teachings. Since I was on retreat at the remote Krishnamurti Uttarkashi Retreat at the time, both meanings are relevant to this piece.
Walking in the high Himalayan forest I was enchanted by the pieces of bark that would fall from the trunks of huge trees and lie scattered on the forest floor like small sculptures in their own right.
I had no art materials or equipment with me. Everything used in this piece was either scavenged from the roadside, under the trees, beside the River Ganges, or bought in the village market.
340 x 900
Stitching, gilding, assemblage
Khadi paper, hessian sackcloth, threads, river stone, old cotton dhoti, recycled cardboard, tree bark*
*Bark from the Chilgoza Pine – Pinus Gerardiana – which is native to the northwestern Himalayas. The fragments in this piece were gathered in forests near Uttarkashi, northwest India. Chilgoza Pine is a cousin of the Lacebark Pine (a native of northeastern and central China) and is also found in Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan.
9 thoughts on “forest sutra”
So funny, can so relate! Somehow for us creative creatures, it seems out of deep Silence creativity wants to fly! Really like the art piece, fantastic! shanti…..kai
Thank you dear Kai – I agree, genuine creativity and deep Silence seem like two sides of the same coin, a juicy yet sacred currency…
ML – you said it again, with such panache! “juicy yet sacred currency” – :@}
utterly beautiful and filled with wonder
My heart is grinning with glee. Thank you Leelah!
Miriam, you completely blow my mind with your handstitched gems of grace and beauty. This is gorgeous!
Oh! I am deeply appreciative of your enthusiastic comment Patricia – thank you so much! ~ml
Beautiful – the work, the poem and the description.
Thank YOU, Jonathan, your feedback means a great deal to me. 🙂