Ragini Bhow
Namo stavan anantaay sahastra murtaye (the one who names thousands is eternal)
acrylic and mica on panel

Inspiration Object: Manuscript (courtesy of HMML)
Inspiration Object: Manuscript (courtesy of HMML)

Namo stavan anantaay sahastra murtaye (the one who names thousands is eternal)
Namo stavan anantaay sahastra murtaye (the one who names thousands is eternal)

All the Sanskrit words from the prayers on the manuscript are embedded in this piece. The work is supposed to visually activate the spell from the manuscript, where each dot becomes energetic manifestations of ancient Hindu understandings of the universe. These shlokas were supposed to be chanted every morning for protection and also kept secret, which is something I wanted to honor in this project, and therefore refrained from doing a literal translation. I find this more interesting because I am drawn to the idea of a work of art holding its own power and potential to cast energy and heal. My process began by translating the Sanskrit text, absorbing the prayers, and then responding with intuitive mark making.

Artist Statement

Ragini Bhow is an Indian American artist currently living and working in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her work focuses on the idea that the past is not closed, it is open, and that the art/artist may function as that conduit. Often imagining the work to have just been uncovered from an archeological site, this translates into installations that evolve into nonlinear speculative fictions, with the work often functioning within broader mythical ecosystems of their own. She works between wide-ranging scales and mediums including drawing, sound, fiberglass, resin, light installation, and casting - engaging a deep fascination with the immaterial and unknown. Esoteric conversations surrounding the afterlife journey, dreams, and communication with more than human energies are guiding forces in the process. www.raginibhow.com