“Saṃsāra”, Acrylic on Canvas, 36″ x 48″, 2012
The name derives from the Sanskrit word, “Saṃsāra”, which refers to the flow of life through experiences and incarnations. The woman with one eye is what I would call a “Cyclopean Receptionist”. She was genetically engineered to not have a soul. “Samsara” is often conceived of as a cycle or a wheel of experience, and in this depiction the wheel revolves around the soulless eye of this “Cyclopean Receptionist” as though it were the eye of a storm. It is a storm of life in which their is a calm center of non-being and non-existence, a void, from which all emerges. It is the eye of a goddess through which you are received into death, and yet she has such a disarmingly winsome personality that if you met her in the waiting room of a doctor, an opthalmologist even, you would perhaps notice nothing out of the ordinary about her.
Below are details from the painting:
This painting is based on a video montage I made in 2009, “Bedtime”. Music by Sabitu.