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Ink and gouache on twenty-one, 16” x 20” sheets of handmade Himalayan Daphne paper. Both in creating and in viewing them, these pages investigat… Read More
Ink and gouache on twenty-one, 16” x 20” sheets of handmade Himalayan Daphne paper. Both in creating and in viewing them, these pages investigate the possibilities of breaking down the dichotomy between oneself and the other by compelling the viewer to “read” the visual language intuitively. This helps to promote an inner dialogue between a viewer and the work. In this manner, the mind is more likely to move naturally toward the unfolding present, where one’s preconceptions, biases, and mental/emotional baggage cannot cloud the experience. The title figuratively describes the process of dissolving ideas of an anthropomorphic God. For me, this process has been an ongoing transformation in my career as an artist. However, even though the texts in these works are from scriptures and literature of the world’s religious traditions, the work is not about the pages, as if they have some sort of literal or mystical meaning. Rather, the creation of the pages is a process of exploring relationships that are not visible, not directly translated into words or meaning. Read Less
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My journey has been a slow transformation in how I perceive my connection to the universe. This installation re-examines that journey of unfolding interconnection.
 
Each page was an effort to explore and re-discover meaning in the imagery I have created over the years. Some are based on location drawings from travels to Nepal, Tibet, India France, and other destinations. Based on literature and books that have influenced my artwork, the text includes the Dead Sea Scrolls, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Buddhist scriptures, physics formulas, musical notations, etc. The languages include Devanagari Sanskrit; Peshitta Aramaic; Greek; Tibetan; Vulcan; binary code; and others.
 
The arrangement of the installation is based on the circle as an archetype of universality and wholeness—thus acting as a pilgrimage space for viewers to circumambulate the interior of this artistic mandala. There are twenty-one pages numbered in order of primes and hung in the order of chance after throwing the I-Ching to determine the position for each piece.
 
Each page has seven leaves. The length and width of each page was decided by using phi, the ratio 1.618, or the Golden Ratio. The paper—handmade Himalayan Daphne—used by Buddhist monasteries for woodblock printed prayer books and mantras was transported from Himalayan villages and Kathmandu.
 
Individual, unframed pages are available for $1,200.
Visitors walk into the circle to view the artwork.  Each peice is hung at eye level.  The pcv pipe frame is very light weight and about a 12 foot diameter.  Each work is hung on fishing line that is almost invisible.  Several flood lights are mounted on the inner circle of the pcv hanger.
View from eye level.  Note the flat black pcv hanger.  This hanger can be spray painted to match the color of the museum ceiling. 
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2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26" (golden ratio)
$1200 unframed
Background text is a working formula for the unified field theory.
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2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$1200 unframed
The Aramaic text is from the Gospel of Mark
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2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$1200 unframed
The Chinese text is the first chapter from the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu.
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2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$1200 unframed
Background Chinese text is the first chapter from the writings of Chaung Tsu.
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2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$1200 unframed
The background text is from the Upanishads
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2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$1200 unframed
The sankrit transliteration text; "Not this, not that, not anything the rational mind can concieve of."
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2012
Ink and gouache on handmade Daphne paper
26" x 16"
$1200 unframed
Fibinacci series numbers on the background. Foreground is Sakya Monastery, Tibet
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2013
Ink on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$1200 unframed
The writing is page one, verse one from the Hindu Vedas.
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2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$1200 unframed
The music score is from John Adams Pulitzer Prize winning score, "On The Transmigration of Souls," dedicated to those who lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks
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2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne paper
16" x 26"
$1200 unframed
Coptic script, New Testiment
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2013
Ink on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$1200 unframed
The vertical text is Chapter 1, verse 1 through 11, of Genesis (in Hebrew). The image is a Tibetan Buddhist woman in a blissful state of awakening
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2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$1200 unframed
The text is the original German script from the last chapter of Herman Hesse's book, Siddhartha
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2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26
$1200 unframed
Tikse Monastery with Tibetan Script; Om Mani Padmi Hum, in the background
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2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$1200 unframed
Buddhist Stupa Temple in Patan, Kathmandu. Background: Japanese Zen Koan; The Story of the Broken Tea Pot.
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2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$1200 unframed
Background text is "The War Scroll," from the Dead Sea Scrolls
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2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$1200 unframed
Sanskrit text from the Vedas
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2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16"x 26"
$1200 unframed
Hindu Temple in Bhaktipur, Nepal.  Script is Japanese and tells the story of The Broken Tea Kettle.
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2013
Sepia Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26" unframed
$1200 unframed
Sabu Monastery. Tibetan Mantra, Om Mani Padmi Hum.  Praise the Jewel in the Middle of the Lotus Blossom.
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2013
Sepia Ink on handmade Himalayan Daphne paper
16" x 26
$1200 unframed
Figure in foreground, "After the War.". Vulcan language. Last words of a dying Vulcan
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2013
Sepia Ink on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26
$1200 unframed
Tree of Life in a traditional Mandala setting. Text surrounding the image; Names of God beginning with the letter "A" in binary code.
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2013
Sepia Ink on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$1200 unframed
Toling Monastery, Western Tibet. Text: Human rights letter handed to the artists when he was sketching in the Potala, Lhasa, Tibet. The letter has been published a number of times and was read at the U.N. meeting on human rights abuses by China