Just as the physical sun gives life to all it touches, the aim of Solar Art is to bestow a nourishing radiance which engages the mind, delights the heart and captivates the Spirit. This body of work serves as safe passage from the mundane to the mystical, inviting the viewer through pixel or pigment to traverse a transpersonal bridge to another shore of awareness. A land where symbols sing to the soul and shine like The Sun. A land which I am drawn to, so that I may draw from.
Ganesha is the Lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. He is also worshipped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. His greatest teaching is that enduring Love overcomes all obstacles.
The Visual Archetypes and Symbolism Within The Artwork:
Ganesha’s large head encourages us to thing big, to learn more and to use our intellect to it’s fullest potential. In his hands he holds many symbols. A rope to pull ourselves constantly towards the Divine and to control and tether the wavering mind. An offering bowl of sweets to remind us of life’s inherent sweetness and also not to overindulge in its pleasures. His bow signifies conscious aim and intention from which the arrows of thought, word, and deed spring from. The Padma or lotus blossom alludesto the opening and awakening of consciousness. He also holds a conch shell, to blow the sound of cosmic reality and calling all beings to awaken. His large belly is able to digest all of life, both the good and the bad. One leg is folded in meditation and one is dancing in delight atop the permanent flowering of the heavens. The mouse signifies the exploration of the tiniest places within the labyrinth of the mind. In his other hands, he gently grasps an idle arrow, which combined with the bow of potential and the cultivation of skill, can pierce the heart of truth. With his axe he is able to sever the bonds of attachment. His broken tusk a symbol of the sacrifice necessary in the pursuit of wisdom, and with that tusk he finished writing the epic tale The Mahabharata. His trunk embodies the virtue of adaptability and efficiency, and his large ears exemplify the wisdom of listening with compassion, justice and mercy.
Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha!
Print Notes: The 8.5×11 Version of this piece is cropped below the Om sign. Please see preview images for reference.