“Before humanity was nature, after humanity comes culture” - Anthropology of Human nature Marshall Sahlins 1.1 Through the notion of Indian Vedic traditional of comprehension of universe comes the mythology of Indian goddesses, representing the different part of our spiritual and materialistic life. Whole huge pantheon can be reduce to the four principal manifestations of the goddesses: - Kali (wild nature) - Durga (domestication of nature, but one who is ready to defend own rights) - Saraswati (learning by knowledge, culture) - Lakshmi (blessing of the Earth, abundance) Goddesses associated with wild nature, Gods - with demystification.
Through the ages we are witnessing the destruction of desire – ownership over nature, hence Goddess, thus destructed desire is controlled by culture.
Through different states of every woman’s complex character - all four characters of goddesses can be easily seen. Indian philosophical tradition is very visual accessible for everybody, but in the same time the symbolic meaning is deeply hidden underneath the image. Vedic philosophy gives a way for different interpretations using multi-colored, multi-opinion metaphoric language. In this project I wanted to make symbolic graphic style more contemporary and accessible to the larger public range, keeping all symbolic meaning respectfully to the iconic canon of Hindu mythology and idols.
My challenge was to find that thin boarder between my personal graphic comprehension and the image of divinity what can be used by the devotees during the prayer ceremony. After my survey among the Hinduism followers my images can be used for puja even with a couple steps what I took from the traditional iconography, if I succeed in contemporary illustration image - readers should tell