Staring into the universe with a yantra
Yantra's are visual representations of a sound or mantra. They can be geometric or abstract, and are used as a meditation device or as a tool for contemplation. The painter Marisa Purcell first encountered yantra's when she travelled to India 20 years ago.
“In ancient times, meditators would stare at this bindu point, which is a dot, and that dot is a seed of everything that exists within the universe,” she says of the images, which are thousands of years old. “I look at them as incredibly profound images. I'm so fascinated by the visual as a representation of the aural. I've always been interested in this idea of when a sound resonates, where does it go? Does it disappear, does it stay around forever? Where is this idea of sound and colour crossing over? It forms the basis of a lot of my work."
"I think that interest comes from these yantra's ...They are so beautiful. So beautiful in their simplicity.”
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