Alchi Moon Series
The Alchi Moon series is painted using a contemporary fresco technique. Layers of plaster and pigment reveal a story and its own alchemy. The series had its origin it Ladakh, India. During that trip she was granted permission to sketch the inside of several important Buddhist monasteries. The ancient frescos included numerous images of animals. The position and treatment of animals in Buddhism is important for the light it sheds on Buddhists; perception of their own relation to the natural world, on Buddhist humanitarian concerns in general, and on the relationship between Buddhist theory and Buddhist practice. Moreover, the doctrine of rebirth held that any human could be reborn as animal, and any animal could be reborn as a human. An animal might be a reborn dead relative, and anybody who looked far enough back through their series of lives might come to believe every animal to be a distant relative. The Buddha expounded that beings currently living in the animal realm have been our mothers, brothers, sisters, fathers, children, friends in past rebirths. One could not, therefore, make a hard distinction between moral rules applicable to animals and those applicable to humans; ultimately humans and animals were part of a single family. They are all interconnected. The Alchi monastery was her favorite and is the inspiration for the show.