Solo exhibition by Visha Jayasena
Opening Night: Friday 1st March 6pm-9pm
"I'm a graphic designer and visual artist based in Petersham, Sydney. As a Sri-Lankan born Australian, I've always been interested in the exploration of identity and culture in relation to the diaspora. This body of work was inspired by the Tibetan and Egyptian 'Book of the Dead' and looks to connect the wisdom and aesthetics of the mysterious Indus Valley (India) and Nile Valley (Kemet) civilisations. It aims to present ancient truths and technologies through the modern medium of digital illustration, within a contemporary art space.
‘Amaraloka’ (Sanskrit: 'Deathless Realm') is my first solo exhibition and incorporates traditional elements of my spirituality, cultural identity and political worldview. Drawing inspiration from the teachings of Master Plants & Entheogens, Tantra, Yoga, Dzogchen, Advaita, and Buddhism, along with the ancient cultural philosophies of Tibet, India and Kemet (Egypt), I want to present Death in a new light to the audience.
This exhibition is dedicated to all my teachers who have taken me to higher places, I could never have reached alone."
“Know thyself deathless and able to know all things, all arts, sciences, the way of every life. Become higher than the highest height and lower than the lowest depth. Amass in thyself all senses of animals, fire, water, dryness and moistness. Think of thyself in all places at the same time, earth, sea, sky, not yet born, in the womb, young, old, dead, and in the after death state.”
~ Ancient Egyptian Proverb