Mural II: The Infinite Knot

This painting, on the streets of Kathmandu, is my spin on the ancient Indian symbol known as The Infinite Knot, or Shrivatsa, in Sanskrit. My sister and I came across this symbol frequently on our trek in the Himalayas, and I really like it. I wanted to give it more substance as an image, both visually and symbolically. Traditionally it signifies "the dramatic interplay and interaction of the opposing forces in the dualistic world of manifestation, leading to their union, and ultimately to harmony in the universe. This fact is amply reflected in the symmetrical and regular form of the endless knot.
The intertwining of lines reminds us how all phenomena are conjoined and yoked together as a closed cycle of cause and effect. Thus the whole composition is a pattern that is closed on in itself with no gaps, no beginning or end, leading to a representational form of great simplicity and fully balanced harmony. Also a representation of the Buddha’s teaching that religious thought and material life are intertwined, the knot additionally conveys that the search for enlightenment need not mean giving up worldly responsibilities."
I've chosen to depict it comprised of bricks, shifting at certain junctures and containing cracks, which symbolize Nepal's current state of political and infrastructural tumult and uncertainty. Innumerable bricks, in standing buildings or formless heaps, are often the first thing to meet the eye anywhere I've been in Kathmandu and other cities. Despite the flux and fragmentations in my image, there remain no gaps in the infinite knot. This is a general symbolizing of the broader-picture continuity and potential resolve that encompasses Nepal's current instability.

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