Mvah Cha: Chrysalids. An encasement is made out of clay mixed with cow dung, water and pula (the husk of rice grains); the paste is layered in several strata that cover an initial mould in wax, which is then fused together and substituted with metal, producing a votive statuette.
Namsal Siedleki uses an ancient process of production to transform the encasement that encloses the statue into a work of art in itself.
The current volume, imagined as a single sequence of images taken in different phases and locations of the project, documents an encounter with artist-craftsmen from the Valley of Kathmandu and their techniques of production.
Nepal is a holy land where different faiths have crossed over for centuries. All of them have venerated natural forms that become sublime and disproportionate in this region. Through the current project, Siedleki pays homage to that which we cannot see, to the void that is part of awoken minds that are gifted with wisdom, joy and compassion.
Siedleki’s works stand between East and West, between art, culture and religion, defining new forms of representing the divine and providing a new syncretic form of spirituality.
The essays in this book connect the history of art with the story of religion, mediating between human intervention and the presence of the divine.
- 11 x 17 cm
- IT / EN