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Atman: the Caribbean Lion
Atman: A term that is represented throughout Hindu theology as looking beyond our physical existence, the Atman encourages the mind to explore beyond what is perceived to be reality. Yet this realm of true consciousness is hidden beneath the false illusion created by the ego, which ties the soul to a world of materialism and superficial happiness. This project would like to explore the creation of the ego through an artistic event in association with Miami Art Basel, combining Art, Music, and Fashion, in order to pull back the layers of ego, and to discover the Atman; the universal spirit within. The show also links with my roots, which stems from the Caribbean nation of Jamaica. There, as children, we were taught to honor our divine spirit and true nature and to reject imposed identities.
CONCEPT OF THE EXHIBITION: Our current project involves the exploration of the ego, from the artistic perspective, and how the ego relates to our sense or reality. It discusses our questions of purpose and our own places within the greater fabric of society. Each art piece represents a person who is deep in thought, contemplating the world that he or she lives in, and how it is governed by a spiritual ego, that has been created all through their lives. Yet one entity that is always constant is the creation that we call ourselves. We have all started off as conscious, spiritual beings, which are all interconnected, however, the more we are exposed to our perceived notion of reality, the more we create an image or a ghost of ourselves that we think is a necessity to survive this believed reality. We all started off as holy entities formed into spiritual beings, and are all interconnected and therefore should return to this enlightened state of being. These art pieces on canvas represent these ideas.
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The Child Bride 24 X 27 Inches
Many young people were taken from their homes, and brought to the new land to be sold or married off to rich men. These people came as innocent beings, whose personal identities were just forming. Her youth is captured in her radiant beauty, yet from the suffering she has undergone as an abused captive, she is filled with a maturity beyond her years. By capturing her at such a young age, she could be manipulated and sculpted into whatever image those who ruled over them wanted her to be. This leads to confusion of self vs the created ego and the dissipation of one’s original culture.
F#*k You No Atman 28 X 36
This piece is an homage to the people who march and shout in the streets, calling an end to the violence perpetuated on African Americans by cultural confusion and police practices. Due to the loss of identity and confusion in minority communities false egos are created on both sides of the racial/economic divide. Daring to cross police lines in civil disobedience, minority hands are raised in the air, stained by the blood of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and many other victims of such violence. As long as we stand idly by, and do nothing to regain the community’s sense of self this carnage may continue; their blood is on our hands. So we must march, we must fight for what’s right, and we must make America a safer place for all people.
RastaMan’s Warning-36 X 46
The Rastaman wags his finger at “The Man”, in an attempt to warn him of the dangerous effects man’s ego can create if it is not controlled. He warns the human race of the environment they’re destroying with beliefs in coal and carbon emissions. He warns man of the violence he causes around the world because he cannot let go of his blinding pride. He warns all human beings to take their life today in gratitude, knowing that the ego can make them forget how short life can be. The Rasta-man warns us, but do we listen?
Identity Network and Meditation dream- 38 X 50
Fully in the realm of meditation, the person has lost his being and his ego, and has given himself completely to the world of full consciousness and actual reality. Deep in the meditative state, his body loses its physicality, and has melded with the rest of the world, showing the true state of being one with the universe. In the distance, he sees an all seeing eye, like a deep center of the conscious state, and he reaches towards it, seeing it transform before him from an eye to an atom, a symbol of his reaching the basic core of matter itself and the composition of everything. From his meditation, he discovers he has become one with matter, and matter has become one with him. We all realize that the Ego we search for is only a part of a greater consciousness; we are one with everything.
SELF ANALYSIS OF GREED
Contemporary art piece demonstrating greed. For those who cannot return to find their true identity, I created this art piece. The piece explores the ego caught up in its own self-absorption, basking in the greed of its ignorance. It does not realize the world around itself, and has become engorged on its own self confidence and on its reality. Yet the ego cannot escape true consciousness for very long, and the higher plane identifies itself as orbs of spherical geometry, like the absolute forms of Plato.
Rasta-Man Resources- 27 X 36
With the change in racial identity the early 30s Pan-African movement, we see that there was a rise in the black man’s return to his true identity, and the acceptance of himself for who he is and not what was created for him. He rejects the false food that he has been fed over the centuries and searches for a new identity; a recreation of EGO. The piece is a colorful and corporeal rastaman who sits and observes the few personal items that belong to him. Although the rastaman has little to call his own, he is pleased that he lives a life of peaceful simplicity, without the onus of material wealth (of the modern world) weighing down his conscious. Living as a person who’s spiritually wealthy, he has found the true happiness of his life. The Atman is reclaimed.
RASTA-MAN DREAM- 32 X 38
Nevertheless, many black men moving back towards their African roots had to portray a cosmetic identity that allowed them to survive in a world ruled by money and wealth. In this piece the Rastaman is deep in contemplation, looking upon himself and his identity, both physical and spiritual, as he searches for his place in the world, as a man displaced by his captors, but also as a man who knows his abode lies back at the African Coast. He looks at the way his people were emasculated as slaves, strengthening his quest for male identity, yet by looking at his face, one can see how his features are feminized by bright colors resembling makeup. In this comparison, the rasta-man does not need to be powerful in his masculinity, but he finds his power in his willingness to dream.
Embrace Yourself 24 X 36
This art piece takes us to the time of the stereotypical slave ‘mammy,’ who would give her assistance to everyone else, and here her ego became that of her master and all that she served. She repressed her own feelings and was not allowed her own identity. This set the stage for the preceding generations who gradually lost their identity of self. This piece entitled Embrace Yourself points to taking time to find your being and holding on to what is left of your ‘true’ self.
Angel of the Matrix- 53 X 72
This piece explores the travels of the ego throughout the many realms of the space and time continuum. In astral projection, the soul leaves the body, expanding its metaphysical limbs to levels of higher consciousness. Reaching a greater dimension, this consciousness realizes its greater connection to the overarching universal reality, depicted here as undulating arteries connected to cells. Each cell is the consciousness of an individual soul. These elements mimicking the body show the reflection of our own reality projected onto the screen of true reality itself, as the ego expands onto the true plane of consciousness. It is the release of our constructed ego that allows us freedom to discover our true being.
Progr. Computer slave 27 X 36
As an extension of us bending to technology in this new computer driven world within the matrix, We have given our very mind and soul to feed the computer and its connection to the internet. It is the constant draining of our power by this artificial world that leads us lost and devoid of self-knowledge. Here is another example of how we have sold our very being and created another projected Ego, which we then claim as a sentient being.
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