Art and Mindfulness Projects

My visual art practice has evolved into a series of long term contemplative, mixed media art projects.While each art project is a distinct body of work, investigating the nature of mind 
is the thread linking all my art projects as a larger body of work

Labels and Storylines

mixed media, book

Concepts, thoughts, labels, ideas, beliefs, opinions, and the storylines we build around them to create and project our reality, often causing ourselves and others suffering. How real or true are they? How do they cause suffering? How do they benefit us? Using art to better understand obvious and subtle storylines. 

Tell Me What You Are

camera-less analogue
photography

 

Camera-less, lens-free analogue luminograms on silver halide photographic paper created in a darkroom. Perception and projections of mind, based on associations of concepts, thoughts, labels, ideas, beliefs, opinions, and the storylines we build around them to create and project our reality. How real or true are they? How do they cause suffering? How do they benefit us?

Stillness and Movement

mixed media painting

The mind is either still (just aware, with few thoughts or emotions) or moving (more thoughts, emotions and energy movements). Drawing and painting from an awareness of stillness and movement.

Altered Family Album

appropriated book

A family photo album made from a cash book photo album made by my granddad. I added the yogic song Eight Things to Remember by the great yogi Milarepa, I turned the album into an object for contemplation on impermanence on something that would hit home more than just abstractly contemplating impermanence,

Self and Identity

multi media

Who do we think we are? Who are we? Where are we? Concepts, thoughts, labels, ideas, beliefs, opinions, and the storylines we build around them to create and project our reality. How real or true are they? How do they cause suffering? How do they benefit us?

Letter to My Mum

video 

I was an ordained Buddhist nun for seven years before returning to lay life. Before ordaining, my mum asked me why I wanted to be a nun, so in reply I made a short video sharing my disillusionment, questioning the wisdom of relying on materialism for any lasting peace and happiness. 

Photography by Robert Eke

The Stripper

performance, interdisciplinary

Collaboration with Dr Pema Clark, who devised this one hour play based on my life, written journals and visual art. It explores the journey from being a stripper in my twenties to training in peeling away layers of delusion through meditation. Performed at the University of East Anglia, UK in front of a paying audience. 

Drawing As Meditation

graphite on paper

Open awareness meditation as the starting point and process from which to draw.

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What is This 2

Unique silver halide luminogram by Zangmo Alexander