Lumen - Entering: MFA Thesis - Sculpture
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SubjectResearch Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::Aesthetic subjects::Art; Shamanism; Tibetan Book of the Dead; Sacred space; Sculpture Exhibitions; Installations (Art) Exhibitions; Spirituality; Consciousness; Performance; Interactive
The primary question that inspires me is how to create a sacred space in an outdoor environment where people would feel more connected to their own spiritual essence. To be connected means that you live true to yourself and also take part in the collective evolution of consciousness. I am interested in the nature of dying and reincarnation. I also incorporate nomadic and shamanistic elements of various ancient traditions into my work.
I constructed an outdoor structure where people were invited to participate in an interactive performance that took form in a series of ceremonies. This installation was inspired by The Tibetan Book of the Dead, the great liberation through hearing in the Bardo. As one of the commentators in this book, Chogyam Trungpa said: " one could refer to this book as "the Tibetan Book of Birth", because it is based on "the fundamental principle of birth and death recurring constantly in this life."