Whether it is a temple or a stupa or one of the many (many!) gilded Buddhas in Myanmar, it is hard to believe that they started off looking something like this -- Now, I'm not too crazy about gilt (no matter the spelling), but these gleaming domes and statues took on a different glow once … Continue reading What lies behind gilt… in Myanmar
...or as they might say in Myanmar, ogres are in the details. Walk up to temples in Bagan, spot some stucco decoration clinging to the bricks...and chances are you'll come face to face with some fierce protectors... And, seriously, could we not all use one or two of these?
This fall, artist and videographer Andrea Hull and I will be teaming up to launch Art+Asia/Writing+Video, a blog that takes full advantage of the genre by using words and images creatively to engage readers with contemporary and modern works by Asian artists. We will approach these works in the contexts of both the artist's national … Continue reading Art+Asia/Writing+Video
Visiting sites in Mrauk U in northwest Myanmar is seeing what the looters left behind -- well, looters and archaeologists, since many of the statues have been safely removed to museums around the country. There are headless torsos and faceless heads (some replaced with cement substitutes), severed arms and dismantled statues, gaping niches and … Continue reading what looters left behind