In the West, fertility is a subject rarely discussed let alone celebrated but adventure East and it's a different world. As Mark Shand travelled through Asia he was honoured to be presented with fertility symbols by villagers and tribes people and it is these symbols - re-imagined by modern artists - that make up part of the current #adventuresandcuriosities
exhibition curated by Mark's daughter Ayesha.
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This beautiful shrine to fertility entitled OM-JAPA is by Flora Brudenell-Bruce. Here's her inspiration for the piece:
"Having taken part in the incredible rickshaw race across Madhya Pradesh in 2015, to raise money in Mark Shand’s memory for his amazing charity Elephant Family, I was very excited to be able to be a part of this next step on this essential fundraising journey.
I work in paint, textiles, photographs, collage, 3D - anything as long as it is saturated in colour. The exploration of colour is one of the main focuses of my practice. I was hugely influenced by the colours, traditions and cultures of India whilst living, working and travelling there for a few formative years in the 1990's.
In India the Lingam is a sacred symbol. Lingam is translated as wand of light - through which the holy water of life flows and is generated. I wanted to balance these Linga with sacred Yoni - the sacred Vagina, symbol of life, creativity and love. In Tantra the unification of Lingam and Yoni is the way to achieve Ananda - a state of joy, bliss and ecstasy.
A shrine to celebrate the union of Yoni-Lingam - in Tantric art the Yoni is represented by the triangle. Japa Yoga is a practise of continuously repeating the same mantra.... in this case OM - considered to be the most scared mantra.
Meditate and Worship!"
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