The Womb & The Diamond – Seed Syllables, 2022
Installation with mirrors and ashes
DRAC Occitanie, Toulouse, France
The Womb & The Diamond – Seed Syllables, 2022 is an installation composed of ten sanskrit characters in reference to the womb realm and the diamond realm mandalas from the esoteric Buddhist tradition Shingon in Japan. Each sanskrit character represents the seed syllable of a deity and the sound that resonates with the quality of the deity.
For example, in the center of the diamond realm mandala sits the sanskrit character “VAM”. It represents Vairocana, who is the principal deity of this constellation and embodies the quality of spaciousness. The form of each character is outlined by dust resting on the surface of a mirror and is illuminated by the natural light of the space, which eventually dissolves into space.
This mandala manifests the Buddhist concept of anicca or impermanence through the union of: form/emptiness, sound/emptiness, and mind/emptiness.