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Now Shipibo

Now-Shipibo aims to capture the cosmic energy that permeates the universe. By integrating light, music, and touch, the paintings seek to create an alignment of the senses and facilitate inner peace as a result of this alignment. A majority of the paintings have been created using fluorescent, non-archival paint, and thus the luminescence contained within these pieces will eventually fade. This is integral to an ongoing vision of creating pieces that are evanescent, thus reproducing the characteristic of all that is natural.

Aumaaz

Aumaaz

Acrylic on unstretched canvas, 54 x 108 inches, 2017

This series draws inspiration from the textile tradition of the Shipibo-Conibo tribe of the Peruvian Amazon. Considered to be masters of Ayahuasca, the Shipibo people create designs intended to be a representation of the Cosmic Serpent, Creator of the Universe. Unsurprisingly, enlightening parallels can be drawn between descriptions of the Cosmic Serpent and Kundalini energy, which is also described as a “coiled female serpent.”


Mabulla

Mabulla

Acrylic on unstretched canvas, 54 x 144 inches, 2018

Having discovered a creative outlet to my understanding of Kundalini energy through Glass Facades, Now-Shipibo is a natural transition in the process of visually capturing the universal energy within each human being.

Evrin

Evrin

Acrylic on unstretched linen, 45 x 80 inches, 2017

With my training as a jazz pianist, music is central to my artistic practice, and I am constantly searching for ways to bridge the boundaries between the visual and aural. Shipibo patterns are an expression of the interchangeability of light and sound. The ethnologist Angelika Gebhart-Sayer has labeled the Shipibo tradition “visual music”, and it is hardly serendipitous for me to have befallen this practice during the creation of my work.

Rambuchi

Rambuchi

Acrylic on unstretched cotton fabric, 54 x 180 inches, 2017

The synesthesia achieved through this multi-sensorial, vibrational fusion of form, light, and sound is an experience that I aim to encompass in my paintings, hoping that these pieces can enable viewers to transcend their reality in exchange for one ever more connected and peaceful.

Shubatiki

Shubatiki

Acrylic on unstretched cotton fabric, 72 x 72 inches, 2017

Miramara

Miramara

Acrylic on unstretched cotton fabric, 54 x 144 inches, 2018

Kwarig

Kwarig

Acrylic on unstretched waxed cotton, 45 x 126 inches, 2018