Free/Not-Free Thangkas

free_cuppingclose_sm free_cupping_smOur friend Julie Püttgen has a series of contemporary thangkas on display at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, NH. They incorporate fine line drawings with fabric from used linens “embodying wishes of rest, healing, and comfort.”

From her website:

Free/Not-Free Thangkas

Invoking the Buddhist tradition of mudras (sacred teaching gestures), the Free/Not-Free thangkas feature renderings of hands in gestures suggesting various possibilities for an embodied sense of freedom. The paintings are mounted on fabric scrolls sewn from used bedsheets, echoing the form of Tibetan thangka paintings, and embodying wishes of rest, healing, and comfort. These works were first conceived as a response to the space where they will first be shown – the 4th floor hallway gallery, outside two Intensive Care Units at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, NH. I intend these works, and the texts accompanying them, to act as reminders of our human capacity for freedom in the midst of whatever situation arises.

For exhibition pamphlet, with free/not-free dialogue instructions and price list, click here.

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