Sāyaṁkāla means Evening in Sanskrit.
This painting is a tribute to the centuries-old South Indian geometric mandala ritual art called Kōlam.
In Tamil Nadu, India, women draw a Kōlam before dusk to send off the goddess of wakefulness and invite the goddess of restfulness into the home. The Kōlam is a sign of hospitality and generosity that reiterates the notion that no human or animal should be turned away or allowed to sleep unfed. It is a visual prayer to the divine for keeping the household alive with surplus food and continued blessings for health, wellness, and prosperity.
The repertoire of motifs indicates the cycle of birth and rebirth and the concepts of continuity and totality.
The following verse from the holy scripture, Upanishads, highlights that it takes many lifetimes to attain Moksha, meaning the spiritual enlightenment or the recognition of the Self, the underlying truth in us.
As a caterpillar, having come to the end of
one blade of grass, draws itself together and
reaches out for the next, so the Self, having
come to the end of one life and dispelled
all ignorance, gathers in his faculties and
reaches out from the old body to a new.
- The Upanishads (Brihadaranyaka IV. 4.3)
Acrylic & Pebeo Cerne Outliner
on cradled hardboard
24" H X 24" W X 2" D
The artwork is original and signed. The painting is varnished for protection, wired, and ready to hang. The sides are painted gold. No framing is required.