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.

11 June 2013

For Wangchen Dolma

For Wangchen Dolma, 31 years old, a nun who self-immolated in Tawo, Kham, on June 11th. She was taken by Chinese security force after her self-immolation and has been missing since.

6 June 2013

Blue Lotus - Drawings for the lives in the Land of Snow

Blue Lotus -Drawings for the lives in the Land of Snow
June 13  to  20  2075 Alberta Street  Vancouver BC

Opening reception: Thursday, June 13, 6 – 9pm - Please bring a candle
Artist talk: Saturday, June 15, 2pm
Artist will be drawing in the gallery on June 15 and 16