Sea of Blood

  • 2008
    Acrylic on canvas
  • One of the skull series, where sense flowers (perception) arises from the sea of blood. The title "Sea of Blood" refers to central channel in Chapter 33 of the Ling Shu or "Spiritual Pivot". The colors here are inspired by a beautiful wrathful tangkha of Sri Devi, a wrathful form of Sarasvati, the goddess of art and learning. The right eye is a lotus symbolizing compassion, and the left eye is an udambara flower or legendary blue lotus held by the goddess Tara.The nose is a peacock, an almost hidden picture suggesting the way scent/breath/fragrance/aromas are inhaled/inspired (to breathe in). I was thinking of the peacock as a tantric symbol. The peacock eats poison snakes and is able to transform the poison into beautifully colored plummage, a metaphor for transforming delusion into wisdom.