|The Full Moon|
|Fragment of a Four Faced Linga|
"Ode to the Lost Moon of the Lesser Himalayas
on the Banks of the Lidder"
Watercolor, acrylic, glitter, enamel, and
rhinestones on paper
Clay and Some Sort of Blue and White Glaze
|The Buddhist Deity White Tara|
Gilded Copper Repousee
Do these objects hang together? Is the moon a bit of a stretch when it would have been so much easier to look at the sun in the museum's collection? Can we really draw together an ancient Hindu piece, a contemporary piece from an artist who resides in London but grew up in Kashmir, an artist working in New York that spent her childhood in Iran, and a traditional Buddhist piece from Nepal? Can we really create connections from pieces thousands of years apart across a wide swath of the geography Asia? Maybe yes. Maybe no. But if you're looking at something as deeply symbolic and as culturally rooted in the imagination as the moon, you've got to have a lot of different entry points- the moon has as many faces as the people that observe it. But these objects give us four distinct explorations of the cosmic nature, dream-like unconscious, deeply religious, and transcendently compassionate sides of the moon.