mora pahara (paintings)

mora pahara consisted of a series of 10 small scaled paintings based on a map of buddhist pilgrimage sites from a 1940’s train travel brochure from india. each image is made up of the same dot pattern in space (corresponding to the locations of the important pilgrimage sites on the map). i basically xeroxed the map and punched holes in it for every site, and used the xerox as a template. the smaller paintings used all of the dots once, while the larger used them twice (once with the correct orientation, and once flipped over – giving the larger images more of a rorschach feel). they were the first paintings i’d made since grad school (1989) that did not have letters on the surface of the work.

mora pahara was a place where buddha went to meditate ‘in complete silence’.