Letting Go

(an interactive cyanotype)

Much of the practice of Buddhism is to eliminate suffering. There is a word in Sanskrit “Trishna” – meaning “thirst” – speaking about our desires, our clinging to a person or object or idea. This is the cause of our suffering and only by letting go can we work through this karma and find peace.

In front of us is a photograph of ocean waves on the sand, printed using the old cyanotype chemical process. The imagery is a symbol of life, change, peace, and letting go. Below the print is a container of water along with a brush. I made the print on a special paper from Asia which makes water appear as black ink, but then fades as it evaporates. The viewer is asked to write something, anything that might be causing them stress or suffering, and then they can peacefully watch it slowly disappear into the waves.

Video Of The Work

The cyanotype was first discovered in 1842 by Sir John Herschel, an English scientist and astronomer. Although originally only used as a tool to copy diagrams as blueprints, soon it was brought into the world of art by the early female photographer Anna Atkins. I was drawn to the blue hue but also the simplicity of the chemicals and the artifacts created during exposure and fixing. Click below to view the final image.

The Dreaming State