Transcriptions #30: Om Namah Shivaya

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Transcriptions #30: Om Namah Shivaya

375.00

12" x 12" x 3/4”

Original mixed media painting on canvas

Om Namah Shivaya is one of the most popular Hindu mantras. It is a dedication to Lord Shiva, considered a benevolent, auspicious, and Supreme Deity in Hinduism.

Before I began this painting, I knew I wanted to do something different with the text. I chose to cut strips of the canvas cloth, folding the pieces back so the text would be on the raised folds and the back canvas would show through the cutouts. What better mantra to use but the one with which I have a long history. My daughter was raised with this one.

I created a seam by sewing two pieces of canvas cloth together. Then I began cutting strips with every other one placed on opposite sides of the seam so the folds would lay in both directions. I had painted both sides of the cloth, so at some point the piece was truly reversible… but I liked this way best.

The sides of the canvas are textured and painted to match the rest of the background. The signature and date appear on the side.

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