Towards the last two months of my last visit to India in the spring of 2012, I encountered the Tibetan community in exile in India experiencing painful news of their people self-immolating in fire one after another in China-occupied Tibet. My experiences in the past visits in India (drawing a cremation site in Varanasi, documenting fire pits, cremation alters, and contemplating on life and death around fire) synchronized with this particular movement, an extreme way of ‘offering’ their bodies to ‘fire’ for asking freedom and peace.I could not help drawing large and small drawings as emotional response and with a sense of mourning.

After coming back to Vancouver, the self-immolation kept happening and I felt that my personal and professional task is not finished.

I have come back to India to continue to document and draw under the same theme.

25 November 2012

For Sangay Dolma

November 25th, 2012.
For Sangay Dolma, 17 yr old nun from Dokarmo twon of Tsekhog, Malho, Amdo.
She protested herself in fire in front of the Chinese government office.

'Look up, fellow Tibetans
Look at the blue twilight above,
Like a heavenly tent of white mountain
My Lama has returned'

-First stanza from her poem left as her will