Asanas

Asanas

The Asanas  images have evolved from my dedication to working live from the human figure. Asanas come from the Sanskrit word meaning “positions”. By interpreting the body’s positions, energy and gestures the notations become script or text. I have always seen each individual figure as an impetus, a unique way of communicating through posture, movement and expression. Language, the universal communicator, was represented usually through symbols, many of which were related to language, the universal communicator, which was represented usually through symbols, many of which were related to the human form or situation. As I worked with these elements they took on the appearance of text moving between calligraphy and my personal writing.

The use of real gold leaf  imbues the work  with a spiritual, mystical connotation. The dimensionality is reminiscent of the illuminated books that made such an impression on me in the library of the British Museum.

 

My work embraces both Oriental and Oxidental approaches to composition and the text. Working vertically, one has the sense of Chinese poetry and the structure or layout takes the format of a tablet or scroll.

Coffee

12 x 16 Watercolor

Coffee

12 x 16 Watercolor

Coffee

12 x 16 Watercolor

Coffee

12 x 16 Watercolor

Coffee

12 x 16 Watercolor

Isabelle
Hunt-Johnson