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Glass Facades

Returning from a summer-long glassblowing volunteership in San Francisco, I felt a dire need to soften my color palette. After spending weeks working with glowing furnaces and lava-like glass, I wanted to imitate the translucency and luminosity found in the glassblowing process, and switched from acrylics to watercolors to achieve this goal. 

Aranyani

Aranyani

Watercolor on canvas, 20 x 30 inches, 2016

The work shown here is inspired by my recent excursions into numerous national parks, including Joshua Tree, Zion, and Arches National Park. I was naturally drawn to the work of Helen Frankenthaler, particularly her ability to create luminescent compositions that seemed to organically emerge from the fabric of the canvas.

Savitr

Savitr

Watercolor on canvas, 48 x 62 inches, 2016

These paintings are also my attempt to capture the creative and sexual energy (or shakti in the concept of Dharma) that exists within every human being. This energy can be activated through Kundalini yoga and meditation, but also through periods of intense artistic and musical creation.

Saranyu

Saranyu

Watercolor on paper, 48 x 62 inches, 2016

All of the pieces here have been created in the presence of music. Shakti is a concept that Western science has yet to fully unravel, but one that much of Eastern science and philosophy has spent centuries exploring. It is perhaps my nescient understanding of Shakti that makes it such a fascinating topic to investigate from a creative standpoint.

Jagannath

Jagannath

Watercolor on unstretched canvas, 40 x 60 inches, 2016

Many of the paintings here will eventually fade into oblivion, but that is an integral component of my vision. Nothing is meant to last, and I have merely shortened the lifespan of my images by painting with watercolors on canvas. My hope is that, even now, some of these images seem to float just above the surface of the canvas, ready to dissipate because of a cough or sneeze.

Jangal

Jangal

Watercolor on canvas, 50 x 50 inches, 2017

Kundalini

Kundalini

Fluid acrylic and watercolor on canvas, 72 x 72 inches, 2017

Khet

Khet

Watercolor on canvas, 20 x 30 inches, 2016

Oorja

Oorja

Fluid acrylic and watercolor on unstretched canvas, 54 x 108 inches each, 2016