Poojan Blessing Ceremony
Poojan Blessing Ceremony
Oil painting on linen
Size: 76 H x 86 W x 2 cm
In this painting a buddhist blessing or poojan ceremony is taking place. Such spiritual acts of devotion help to secure safe passage in the himalayan peaks for mountaineers. As a mountaineer Alex, studies and researches themes directly. He often thinks nothing of climbing to remote places in the Himalayas to cast an eye on his artistic prey. The paintings look out from the summits of mountains and contemplate the beyond. In the most recent body of work there has been a shift in pallet colour to muted greys offset by florescent pinks and greens. Such a choice serves to place the viewer as a climber in the highest zone of the Himalayas where existence is only ever perceived through tinted lenses changing all light to hyper-colour vibrant and raised contrast levels. One is overwhelmed by the effects of oxygen depletion and dizziness therefore perception becomes about euphoria mixed with intense self-preservation. These paintings are sometimes left in a state of incompletion. The unresolved passages reflect the painting process its self as a journey which may be more important than the finished destination. Much in the same way as the process of climbing a mountain can be discovery of what is revealed within as much as or perhaps more than without, that being the gaining of a summit for example. The figures populating these paintings are nepalese sherpas and porters that Alex encountered on whilst climbing Mt Baruntse. The paintings serve to honour and draw attention to the spiritual and physical efforts made by such people. Often mountaineers credit there achievements solely to there own efforts, however these paintings serve to to highlight that in reality one would not be able to explore such regions were it not for the kindness and tenacity of this regions inhabitants. Prayer flags blow in the wind and break apart literally in the brush strokes. These link and act as ceremonial reminders of the real world of family, friends back home and what is at stake in the spiritual ladder world. Puja ceremonies are conducted to appease the mountain deities and bring safe passage whilst scaling the mountain goddess.
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