- Violet and white Top of head
- Indigo Between eyes
- Blue Neck
- Green Centre of chest
- Yellow Below the sternum
- Orange Hand-breadth below the navel
- Red Perineum
The healing power of breath and meditation visualised. The artworks entitled The Wheel Series (The Wheel I-III), Bodymap and Initiation all are inspired by my spiritual journey and daily meditations rooted in India. The symbols refer to “the chakras” or the energy centres of the body. Through regular meditation, one aligns these centres- thereby creating feelings of peace, harmony and bliss. A sanscrit word “wheel”, a chakra is an energy centre of the body. It is called a wheel because it turns. The seven major chakras represent the organs in the subtle body, and when operating efficiently they spin around but when blocked the chakras may become sluggish which will affect a person’s wellbeing. The speed at which they turn affect your well-being. Each chakra has a specific colour and connects to a specific organ. Soundly functioning chakras are important to physical wellbeing. The chakras can be activated by breath-work or meditation. When you breathe properly you provide your body with enough oxygen to activate your heart to provide all organs and indirectly chakras with energy. Oxygen is the fuel for your body. When you fill your body, you allow your heart rate to slow down enabling you to go into a meditative state. You connect to your subconscious mind and thereby allow yourself to hear your inner voice and deepest needs. Once in a meditative state, one more easily access one’s creativity. Colour Position in body
In the early decades of the 1900’s, with tuberculosis having taken hold in many European cities, Karoo sanatoriums were emerging as prime healing destinations for ‘consumptive immigrants.’ Now, almost a century later, the Karoo continues to be marketed as a reprieve from the pathogens of city life. In the past few months, articles have circulated positioning the Karoo as a perfect ‘low-viral’ escape. Inspired by field and archival research from the Eastern Cape Karoo, this dystopian fiction imagines the contemporary re-opening of a Karoo sanatorium, and the everyday politics in which such a project might be enmeshed.
COVID19 has brought about unusual terms such as social distancing which has flipped our lives upside down. Our inherent desire to socialize has been disrupted. Most of the public spaces were shut down with little sign of life and even if some are opening up, they are a pale shadow of what they were. My approach here is to dig deep into my image archives, photographs that I have made in recent past in social spaces where we all mingled and embraced each other, no masks sanitizers, no fear of contact.
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