19 May 2014

Audio on SoundCloud: The Nalikae Tree Lullaby

Traditional lullaby from Southern Thailand, and the basis for "Ten Thousand Bridges" (www.artaksha.com). Singer and year of recording unknown. 

"Dear little child, listen to me: There was once a Nalikae coconut tree,
Alone it stood amidst the wax sea,
Neither by the rain was it shaken, nor by thunder.
It can only be reached by those
Who go beyond merit and matter."
(Origin unknown. Recording c/o the Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives.)
Print by Worapong Arunrueang from the book "The Nalikae Tree"

"The Nalikae Tree" a video projection for meditation

Meditation room at BIA. Photo by MM.

The "Ten Thousand Bridges" (2013) installation included a video projection within the meditation space of the Buddhadasa Indapanno Archive. The projection features footage of the installation at night and recordings of the ma'prau nalikae lullaby recorded in Southern Thailand (singer unknown).

It was a unique challenge to create a projection for a meditation space. It needed to be subtle, so as not to disturb occupants. Furthermore, the projection surface is round and in circular room with 6 speakers. This video was played in a loop throughout the 6-week exhibition.

Photo from the blog travelwellflysafe

27 January 2014

Exhibit Featured in Fine Art Magazine, Thailand

"Ten Thousand Bridges", Minette and AKSHA are featured in the January 2014 edition Thailand's Fine Art Magazine.  Article by Piyada Parikamsil.

16 January 2014

The Beauty of Our Dreams

It's a new year, and to begin on an absolutely affirming note I'd like to share Maria Popova's fantastic article on her wonderful blog Brain Pickings, "How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love". 

The blog is chock-full of links to videos and readings on how to find your calling, not get distracted, and live a life of passion and purpose. It's a must read for anyone who believes that we are entitled to creative lives of happiness and fulfillment. 

In it Maria quotes 7 of the most visionary creative evangelists of our age: Steve Jobs, Paul Graham, Alain de Button, Robert Krulwich, Hugh Macleod, and the Holstee Manifesto, which I am sharing here with you. 

To Maria's already wonderful list of quotes I would only add one of my all-time favorites from Eleanore Roosevelt. "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

06 January 2014

Samantabhadri: Emerging from the mold

 After completing the master copy in plasticine, a 2-part latex mold was made. This resin positive is the first piece to emerge from the mold. A plaster positive was also taken. The next stage is to refine some details in plaster copy before we take a final mold for the bronze and the resin editions. 

To order the Samantabhadri, visit The Buddhist Sculpture Workshop