The dance Tashi Lebay (Aa Lebay Lebay) is performed during celebrations to offer prayers of fortune and good wishes for continued happy reunions. Everyone comes together to join the dance.The footsteps, gestures and movements of this dance synchronize to form a pattern. In the art work, I have tried to translate this dance into a simple visual pattern. The big pattern (at the national level) is repeated in the 20 dzongkhags. As the pattern continues, the 205 gewogs join in the dance, following the same direction. There is unison as the pattern grows to weave into the tapestry of Bhutanese culture.The dance continues…beyond the canvas… beyond Bhutan.
Title: Tashi Lebay
Dimension: 80×80 cm
Medium: Mixed Media (Original Artwork Print)
About the Artist
I am a senior artist who is not a member of VAST Bhutan, but I admire and love what they are doing. I fell in love with art as a little boy at a time when there were no art classes in Bhutan. So I learnt through observation, copying pictures from books and observing my friends doing art. My friends encouraged me and I also found motivation through comic books and books on art and design. Currently, I am exploring art using paper pulp by employing my skills in paper making.
I was inspired by my professor Wauke Choken. My work entails engaging with the concept that I want to bring out as a work of art. It obliges me to exercise patience in the preparation and use of the paper fibers. My paper works are complete only after they have been dried with the sun and wind. So, I engage with nature too.
As a little boy, I wanted to study art and as a young adult, I became a member of the art club in Sherubtse College. Since I was a school teacher, I initiated an art club to encourage students in art. Finally, I went to an art college and came back to initiate the first art curriculum for Bhutanese primary school. At present I am self-employed as an art gallery owner. I feel happy being a part of contemporary Bhutanese art albeit some difficulties. The number of artists has grown so much proving that there is space for many more to create and explore.
Born 1974 From Samtse
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