has been a rough several years for everyone, all over the world. And
although there are clear signs that good things are starting to move, it
will likely become more difficult before it gets easier.
wanted to make a piece that acknowledged that difficulty without being
cynical or bleak. Something with beauty and optimism. The Kinnara is a
mythical creature found in much of Asia. Details vary depending on the
region but in southeast Asia they are part bird and part human. They act
as protectors, watching over the well being of humans during times of
hardship or danger.
the text, I chose the poem “When all my five and country senses see” by
Dylan Thomas. Like most of his poems the meaning is not very
straightforward on first reading but it leaves one with an uneasiness
and sadness. It describes a sadness and frustration and a falling away
of love and optimism but it does so with elegance. It asks as the
psychological environment for Kinnara to reside in.
style of this piece is inspired by Sak Yant tattoo art from Thailand
and Cambodia. Which is text heavy and dense which I tend to be drawn to.
The tradition of this type of tattoo is deeply connected to religious
processes and the tattoos themselves act as prayers and invocations." - Ravi Zupa