Art for Prayer and Peace: A Bridge to Oneness – Synopsis
Here’s a brief overview of the art installation that I am working to create. This summer I will post blog entries and videos describing each exhibit in the installation. Then in October I will be launching a Kickstarter to help fund the fine metal work that I will be creating, and at my open studio event you will be able to help make one of the community projects that will be a part of the travelling exhibition. Stay tuned to the ways you can get involved. Thank you so much for allowing me to live my creative vision.
This proposed interactive and evocative exhibit, according to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, “has potential for contributing to religious harmony and peace.” It is inspired by the universality of diverse religious concepts expressed mostly by sounds that I have experienced through travel and study. This collection of spiritual objects in a unified space allows me to impart that deep sense of divinity revealed.
It provides a unique artistic perspective on integrating Judaism with Shinto Religion, Buddhism, Japanese Characters, Sanskrit, Hindu, and Hebrew letters in a shared sacred environment / art installation. Christianity, Islam and readings from native cultures are woven throughout.
This work belongs in an active space with access to the public, where it will attract spiritually open-minded, religiously traditional people and atheists. It should be placed in an area that can create connections across cultures, religions and through time, ignite wonder and provoke meditative and healing thought, while empowering visitors to discover the relevance of this religious art in profoundly personal ways.
My intention in creating this environment is to share Torah (Jewish sacred text) and the unique ways it relates to other globally accepted religious wisdoms that seem, on the surface, to be at odds with one another. By sharing and learning about each other, we can see our oneness, stop focusing on our differences, and come together to take care of the earth.