Note from the artist: The writings in the back are two Sanskrit words. The first is Maya, which in Hindi means illusion. It can be interpreted in different ways. I see it as the illusion of separateness, also the illusion of how we perceive ourselves (ego). Example of Maya; the sky has no color, but to our eyes it appears as blue, because of the reflection of the light by molecules in the air (illusion)
The second word is Atman, which means self or soul. It is not the self/soul as an individual, but it is the essence within us that is eternal, unchanging, and indistinguishable from the essence of the universe.
the princess mononoke and nausicaa ones mmmm
AFRICAN ART FEATURE:
Check out these creative pin-up posters created by the artists over at Muti,a creative studio based in the city of Cape Town, South Africa.
Hosted by M Contemporary gallery in Sydney, Australia.
Inspired by the Story of Shim Cheong, a Korea folktale as well as by Shakespeare’s Ophelia, Lee JeeYoung made this installation by painting paper lotus and flooding the room with fog and carbonic ice in order to create a mystic atmosphere.
Like American artist Sandy Skoglund, JeeYoung Lee creates highly elaborate scenes that require an incredible amount of patience and absolutely no photo manipulation. For weeks and sometimes months, the young Korean artist works in the confines of her small 360 x 410 x 240 cm studio bringing to life worlds that defy all logic. In the middle of the sets you can always find the artist herself, as these are self-portraits but of the unconventional kind. Inspired by either her personal life or old Korean fables, they each have their own backstory, which of course, only adds to the intense drama.
via my modern met
John William Waterhouse