Mudra

2014
Pigment print on archival cotton paper
120 x 120 cm
Edition of 5 + 2 AP

WINNER OF THE 2015 JOSEPHINE ULRICK AND WIN SCHUBERT PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD

 
       
 

A mudra is a symbolic or ritual gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism. In Sanskrit, the word mudra means 'seal', and is a spiritual gesture made with the hands and fingers. In this self-portrait I hold my own hands cast in the form of mudras. In my right hand I hold the karana mudra, a powerful gesture for dispelling negative energy, while in my left I hold the gyan mudra, for opening oneself to knowledge. The doubling of hands, both real and cast, suggest grasping at a symbolic and spiritual language as a form of healing. Cloaked in black, out of my hooded jacket erupts black prismatic mineral that forms a mirror-mask protecting the wearer and reflecting the world back onto itself. Manganite has the healing power to let go of attachment and control, and to recognise that you are only responsible for your own actions and not for the actions of others.