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Tiffany Singh is a New Zealand Installation based artist. Her philosophies and practices encompass influences as varied as Modernism, Eastern and Western spiritual beliefs, Jungian psychology and ancient cultures.

This site houses her current work.

Ribbon details of Sayapatri 100 layers. The falling ribbons with their Medicine Buddha Mantra, are hung to mimic the patterns of monsoon rain hung to render the spectrum of the prayer flags. Through this repetition of the Medicine Buddha Mantras falling words the collected monsoon rains paired with sacred materials, the artwork becomes impregnated with aura of healing and purification. In this way, the process of making the artwork, mirrors the process of mantra meditation were the artistic practice & spiritual practice become one in the making of the installation.

The next step for the monsoon paintings. Detailed with gold pen after being subjected to the rains. The final works will be on show at Thus Shall Ye Think Of All This Fleeting World; A Star At Dawn, A Bubble In The Stream, A Flash of Lightening In A Summer Cloud, A Flickering Lamp A Phantom & A Dream

The details from Sayapatri 100 Layers. The bowls contain the offerings. Monsoon water, milk, rice and earth, refreshed daily with flowers & milk allowing the process of tending to the work to become a daily practice unto itself. To honour the season of monsoon giving thanks and & acknowledging the life giving force the precious water brings with her. 

Details of Lalitha. The artwork brings to light the materials of ceremony & ritual as the entire space becomes a site specific installation with a paired back aesthetic referencing puja. In particular materials associated to Lalitha Tripurasundari; scent (earth), incense (air), flame (fire), water, and flowers (aether) tinged with red, in their basic form to represent the five impressions. The complete blanketing of the space is a conceptual render of ‘maintenance as an intermediate state between the two polarities’. When she Lalitha is worshipped as creatrix the order is from centre to perimeter. As dissolver, the puja is from perimeter to centre. 

On show at Siddartha Art Gallery Aug 4th-18th

Elements of Sayapatri - 100 Layers transformed into an offering by my dear friends who offered to journey the bells and ribbons to Mustang in Nepal for me. This pilgrimage saw them install the offering at Koncholing cave. I am forever grateful that the artwork honoured and was offered to this magic place with paintings of the Tara’s and Buddha dating back to the 13th century. 

A morning on the farm whilst we filmed the accompanying piece for Sayapatri. A work focused on the sacred and re-generative forces of mother earth / papatuanuku. It wouldn’t be right to make a work in Nepal around abundance and fertility without including milk from the holy cow. Of course we were authentic. Yet, ironic That I am from Aotearoa and the first time I milk a cow is in Nepal! I have to say it was the best chai i have ever had. 

Next step of the Monsoon Paintings series The work consists of locally picked seasonal flowers crushed to extract natural dyes overlaid with watercolour to mirror the colour way of Sayapatri -100 Layers.  The abstract prayer flag reference repeats in a set of five colours, representing the elements and the Five Pure Lights. 

These works after being subjected to the rains will have further flower pressings and be drawn onto with gold pen. On show at Thus Shall Ye Think Of All This Fleeting World; A Star At Dawn, A Bubble In The Stream, A Flash of Lightening In A Summer Cloud, A Flickering lamp, A Phantom & A Dream

Siddartha Art Gallery Aug 4th-12th

Stills from the film with Biken Ranjit. This film piece unpacks the process, making and philosophy of Sayapatri-100 layers. Shot over the course of the residency Biken Ranjit signature attention to detail and capture of natural audio contextualises the artwork, culture and emotion of daily life of Kathmandu. This collaboration allows the film to become an artwork unto itself from the filmmaker in response to the artists process.

Biken ranjit is associated with ARTUDIO, centre for visual art as a coordinator for photography workshops. He is a video editor, graduated from International School of Media & Entertainment Studies, NOIDA, Delhi NCR, India.

Last day in the studio before the epic install begins. Researching for Lalitha the artwork as an offering to the red goddess. The work will also be deconstructed and documented with a performance by myself captured by photographer Sapana Shah. But for now i got to get all these ribbons up in the gallery!

Thus Shall Ye Think Of All This Fleeting World; A Star At Dawn, A Bubble In The Stream, A Flash of Lightening In A Summer Cloud, A Flickering Lamp, A Phantom & A Dream

Installation | Film | Drawing 

Siddartha Art Gallery | 4th August

 

Thus Shall Ye Think Of All This Fleeting World; A Star At Dawn, A Bubble In The Stream, A Flash of Lightening In A Summer Cloud, A Flickering Lamp  

Installation | Film | Drawing 

Siddartha Art Gallery | 4th August

Bijulibazar Rd Kathmandu 44600 Nepal 

Bells are an inspiration for me. Beautiful hand crafted musical instruments, responding to the breeze & to the hand, ringing in glory of faith, calling up to the gods with their sound. This ancient mode of communication belongs to all beliefs, maybe why i love them. Beauty in simplicity.

Sayapatri -100 Layers is from the showThus Shall Ye Think Of All This Fleeting World; A Star At Dawn, A Bubble In The Stream, A Flash of Lightening In A Summer Cloud, A Flickering lamp, A Phantom And A Dream which features installation, drawing & film.

Siddartha Gallery  August 4th

I love the way the people of Kathmandu occupy Patan Durbar Square.Its home for now, with my studio & apartment within the length of the square. I spend hours watching the world go by, livelihoods made, couples courting, the sounds of bells the smell of incense. This marvel of Newa architecture where the past and the present become one, old and new up against each other. Its a place where the truth of life passes me by everyday & its very very beautiful.

The bowls that will hold the offerings for both Sayapatri - 100 layers & Lalitha. Made from local newspapers the 50 odd bowls catch the light in beautiful ways. They will hold the earth, flowers, incense and fire for Lalitha and the milk, rice and monsoon water for Sayapatri - 100 Layers.

Both the exhibition and artist talk will be at Siddartha Art Gallery.