Bhutanese artist Passang Lobgay graduated from the Rietveld Academy with a white pigment and plaster floor mandala-like installation of 350×350 cm.
‘Art is a spiritual practice for me. The work is a meditation. Thinking about death (impermanence) doesn’t depress me. It makes me seize the moment and see things I might not ordinarily see. Like the unfurling of an inner thangka (traditional Buddhist painting), a story is immanent. I feel like the world will have one less story and will be incomplete without my story. I want to tell a story according to my experience of the world. And in doing so I liberate myself because I am the story.’
A perfect balance of imminence and transcendence in a contemporary mandala.