Love song to the dark lord

2014

13" x 13"

ballpoint pen, gouache, fluorescent paper

This hand drawn portrait of Bhagavan Das is part homage, part inquisition. The composition of his likeness references common paintings of Hindu deities, but its colors are both dark and brilliant; a tense contrast which provokes a degree of unease. It represents the depths of a human who is simultaneously at one with the ‘light’ and the ‘dark.’ He appears to float in a black abyss, providing luminosity from within, completely balanced in both regards. His deep and unique power comes not from an ethical purity, but from a rigorous and unyielding connection with a deeper dimension of experience. The title is his own, referencing a collection of his songs.