Mayya: Knowledge of the Waters, 2015
30 x 26 x 5 in
Mixed media sculpture on wood
A play on translation, Mayya is colloquial Arabic for “water” (calligraphy in the center), while in Sanskrit it is the familiar term relating to “illusion”.
Inspired while studying the works of Julius Evola, this piece captures the Initiatic concept frequently referred to as Knowledge of the Waters (Humidum Radicale). This vital experience is the discovery of the unreality of “Self” and everything it may subjectively and objectively resemble. For, from the perspective of eternity, every person, place, and object is but a “brief, disturbed drop of water from an unbounded ocean”.