|Title: “ANO YAGURA”
(meaning "the tower" in Japanese)
Size: 21” W x 41.25” H (unframed)
Throughout history, elaborate fortresses with soaring towers were erected with a view to keep people out but often; they became prisons to keep people in. So it was with many persons of royal lineage from dynasties past. Trapped within the royal walls. Great privilege but also great sacrifice of freedom. Here, ghostly images appear through the tower portal. Trapped by birth and circumstance, it makes one appreciate the freedom that exists today from the lowest to the highest. Today, the self is the greatest tower, and enlightenment and love is the key.
An 18th century Chinese charm affixed with melted wax collected from temples and monasteries, with 18th century Chinese bird from a traveling altar at top and contemporary tassel at bottom, resting on an 18th century Indonesian wood carving, over early 1900s sepia photographs of descendents of the Chinese royal family, all mounted over an early 1900s Tibetan tanka painting, overprinted in acrylic and gold using the wood block cover of a 16th century Pali prayer book, with late 1800s Indian tailors mark embroidery sample on top and sides, all on Artist designed museum wooden panel with gold and copper leaf and acid wash.