Aumaaz
       
     
Aumaaz (UV Light)
       
     
Kambuchi
       
     
Kambuchi (Detail)
       
     
Kambuchi (UV Light)
       
     
Kambuchi (UV Detail)
       
     
Evreen
       
     
Evreen (Detail)
       
     
Evreen (UV Light)
       
     
Evreen (UV Detail)
       
     
Miramara
       
     
Miramara (Detail)
       
     
Miramara (UV Light)
       
     
Miramara (UV Detail)
       
     
Mabulla
       
     
Mabulla (Detail)
       
     
Mabulla (UV Light)
       
     
Mabulla (UV Detail)
       
     
Shubatiki
       
     
Shubatiki (Detail)
       
     
Kwarig
       
     
Kwarig (Detail)
       
     
Aumaaz
       
     
Aumaaz

Acrylic on unstretched canvas, 54 x 108 inches, 2017 (read below)

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.

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 that is said to be the 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.” 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.

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. 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.

Aumaaz (UV Light)
       
     
Aumaaz (UV Light)

Acrylic on unstretched canvas, 54 x 162 inches, 2017

Kambuchi
       
     
Kambuchi

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

Kambuchi (Detail)
       
     
Kambuchi (Detail)
Kambuchi (UV Light)
       
     
Kambuchi (UV Light)

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

Kambuchi (UV Detail)
       
     
Kambuchi (UV Detail)
Evreen
       
     
Evreen

Acrylic on unstretched linen, 45 x 80 inches, 2017

Evreen (Detail)
       
     
Evreen (Detail)
Evreen (UV Light)
       
     
Evreen (UV Light)

Acrylic on unstretched linen, 45 x 80 inches, 2017

Evreen (UV Detail)
       
     
Evreen (UV Detail)
Miramara
       
     
Miramara

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

Miramara (Detail)
       
     
Miramara (Detail)
Miramara (UV Light)
       
     
Miramara (UV Light)

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

Miramara (UV Detail)
       
     
Miramara (UV Detail)
Mabulla
       
     
Mabulla

Acrylic on unstretched canvas, 54 x 144 inches, 2018

Mabulla (Detail)
       
     
Mabulla (Detail)
Mabulla (UV Light)
       
     
Mabulla (UV Light)

Acrylic on unstretched canvas, 54 x 144 inches, 2018

Mabulla (UV Detail)
       
     
Mabulla (UV Detail)
Shubatiki
       
     
Shubatiki

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

Shubatiki (Detail)
       
     
Shubatiki (Detail)
Kwarig
       
     
Kwarig

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

Kwarig (Detail)
       
     
Kwarig (Detail)