Essence is an exhibition featuring the exquisite and elaborate works of Tokyo-based Yasuko Ota and New York-based Gyatso Chuteng, who draw their inspirations from enduring symbols of Tibetan Buddhism. Although the nature of their work is distinct from each other, the artistic explorations of sacred architectural landscape are remarkable manifestations of the creative vision they both share.
Yasuko‘s travel to Tibet at a young age and her close encounters with deeply religious Tibetan literature and people had a direct influence on her work. She takes the Mandala as her main inspiration and plays with its forms and shapes to produce intricate versions of one of the most potent Buddhist symbols, created purely out of naturally dyed felt of extremely sophisticated and subtle colors.
Gyatso’s art is a sensorial meditation on the staggering scale and complexity of the Tibetan Buddhist world of Larung Gar, the largest monastic valley on the planet. He uses Tibetan incense sticks as his primary medium to transform this breathtaking architectural landscape into stunning works of art, capturing the faith and fragility that define the place. Tibet House is thrilled to bring together and present these magnificent and delightful works of art.