Part of the 64 Dakinis series, this collage is in the form of a classic Thanka dedicated to the Red Dakini. I shot myself in different colored body make up and with the various adornments and implements associated with the different dakinis. I composited photographs and pieces from various Thanka paintings. For the sun disc on which the wrathful and passionate Red Dakini stands I have used a photo of the actual surface of the sun.
For many years I have been inspired to create modern day Thankas (Tibetan paintings) incorporating painted and photographic elements. I have had experiences of Thanka paintings seeming to come to life and dance before my eyes. I believe it is from the spiritual energy imbued in the work. I have been seeking ways to share this experience with others through my interpretations.
The Red Dakini is also known as Vajradakini in Tantric Buddhism. She is known as the queen on wisdom dakinis.
Model: Penny Slinger