Native Durga is part of my everyday goddess series. My friend Grace was my model. I am exploring the yoga philosophy that all women are the goddess. I am particularly interested in including ethnic diversity. Durga, meaning "the inaccessible" or "the invincible", is the most popular incarnation of Goddess and one of the main forms of the Goddess Shakti in the Hindu pantheon. Durga is the original manifested form of Mother Parvati or Adi-Parashakti.
This is an original Mokuhanga woodblock on Japanese Inshu Kozo paper. Mokuhanga is the Japanese method for carving and printing woodblocks. It is a labor intensive old-school method. It is non toxic using water based inks and watercolors and low tech. No printing press is needed. First the woodblock is hand-carved. Then, hand-rubbed onto Kozo paper using a bamboo baren and watercolor inks and sumi. Typically a different block is carved for each color. In this example, I am using the key block with Sumi ink.
Title: native Durga
Size: 16 xx 12 inches
medium: Mokuhanga woodblocks, hand rubbed onto Japanese kozo paper using water color inks and Sumi.
Titled, numbered and signed by the artist