Post by Art of Treason on Jan 19, 2017 16:58:30 GMT 1
Delighted to have Sculptures by nagasiddhi in our Brighton gallery. All work has been meticulously crafted, often spending months to complete.
“My art work helps me re-imagine and re-image myself and re-enchant my relationship to the world. I hope to inspire others to do the same”.
nagasiddhi originally studied for a degree in Fine Art at Cheltenham School of Art and went on to work in the theatre as a prop and scenery maker for, amongst many projects and organisations from the first series of ‘Father Ted’ to MTV, English National Opera and The National Theatre to designing live sets for Bjork. A growing interest in Buddhism led him to being ordained in 2002 and being given the name nagasiddhi, which roughly translated means ‘the wisdom of dragons, or of the deep’. When not making art he runs a Buddhist retreat centre, leads retreats and helps facilitate ‘River of Soul’ workshops and courses. The artwork he creates today bring together his experience of everything from the theatre, property maintenance, Buddhism, Depth Psychology, fairy tales, mythology and alchemy.
The Mercy Seat (24 x 24 x 210cm) Wood, metal, fabric and copper plumbing pipe. £1500 “In Heaven His throne is made of gold The ark of His testament is stowed A throne from which I’m told All history does unfold. Down here it’s made of wood & wire And my body is on fire And God is never far away.” - Nick Cave.
The Seat of Mercy appears empty. Have we been abandoned? Who sits in judgement? Are we willing to show a little mercy ourselves?
Been Here Before (30 x 100 x 45cm) Wood and metal.£1800 History unfortunately tends to repeat, both personally and politically. Have we been here before? We all can go between extremes, all looking for some sense of balance. In this instance, a cattle truck can move endlessly back and forth along its see-saw track. The containment of the cattle truck is contrasted with the freedom of the white bird that alights on one set of the buffers, there’s always the possibility of another way.
Threshold (53 x 29 x 102cm) Wood and gold leaf. £1000 The Liminal – the threshold between worlds. How would it be to be comfortable to dwell outside habitual and illusionary opposites and to inhabit the space between?
Overflow (24 x 24 x 48) Wood, metal, glass, mirror, clay pipe and carved wooden bird.£800 I nearly called this ‘Over and Out’. Which way freedom lies: Out of, or in to, the depths?
Yearn (27 x 17 x 73cm) £800 Wood, metal, glass and gold leaf. Inspired by both seeing a reliquary in the shape of an arm containing the arm bones of a saint and the Indian tradition of offering a wooden votive of an arm to a shrine in order to make a vow or pledge. What do you yearn for?
Grail (26 x 26 x 7cm) Metal, mirror fragments, glass and concrete. £475 The Grail - The image of the sacred within the mundane. Sometimes perhaps we need to dig deep to reveal the truth, sometimes, maybe, it’s there in front of us all along. Buddhism talks of the ‘Bodhicitta’ -“The jewel in the dung heap”. (A metal goblet flattened by running over it with my car and then cast in a mix of concrete and mirror fragments using a cake tin as a mould).
Please feel free to contact the gallery if you'd like an appointment to view any of the Sculptures.