NATAH artist statement
the lotus sutra, or the dharma of the white lotus, is a buddhist text describing the cosmic order of rightness + merit. it teaches us how to answer the larger questions: how is the universe made, what is our potential for living within it, and what in nature mirrors our own evolution? in the lotus sutra, the lotus is both dharma and a drama — its theatre the universe and its language one of images that instruct, describe + repeat.
natah (“deep roots” in sanskrit) is a meditation on both the rooted place and reached-for place that is nirvana. the paintings in this series serve as a primer on the ancient wisdom of the lotus and all that it offers. as with any dharma practice, ritual leads to the possibility of enlightenment — here, the act of painting serves as a vehicle (yana) or path (mārga) to rightness + knowledge. the artist aspires to mimic the lotus on the path, creating images that stretch, bend and shapeshift. she honors the deep roots of wisdom + the skillful means of the lotus in all of its iterations.