Emergence

 

Nothing makes one forget the concept of personal space more than being inside a temple during a crowded holiday celebration. The density of bodies gathered for the sole purpose of “Darshan”  (seeing and being seen) makes the multitude of people feel like a single organism humming in search of truth.

South Indian temples date back to the 2nd century. They can still be seen today as spiritual and community centers. Known for their exceptional architecture and sculpture, these temples also have extensive murals that are now barely visible and often go unnoticed. Although they are deteriorating and decaying, they have a beauty of their own that only age and climate can create. I am fascinated by the texture and mystery of these murals and old temple walls. This work is about my experience of visiting ancient and remote temples in Southern India.