Encaustic Arts Magazine SPRING 2017 - Page 77

I often use words and melodies to guide the movement of the work. In these cases, I draw on devotional Bengali poetry and musical compositions. Some of these are centuries-old lyrical songs by Rabindranath Tagore, and others are more contemporary haunting melodies by Sri Chinmoy. I feel that the themes within specific songs and poems are able to guide my movement through the process, much like mantra is used to concentrate energy. Often they carry me through a sea of uncertainty and unknown territory during the process, like a ship passing through a rough patch of water from shore to shore, from start to finish with the work. It is satisfying to know that the message and fragrance of that particular poem or song is embedded inside the work on a cellular level.