Sacred lotus ink is as remarkable, and unexpected, as the final artworks. I create ink from charred lotus petals distilled with pure Battambang rainwater. Annually I collect used donations of blessed flowers gifted during the Lord Buddhaís birthday. A lunar holiday, this date falls at the end of Cambodiaís Prang dry season. And during the monsoon, Vossaa wet season. I set out trays to collect rainwater, which is later filtered.
Rainwater is important, as it symbolizes the pure, holistic life forces of Cambodia.
I then brew the liquid for a further year, and sometimes longer depending on the exact hue I strive to achieve. The recipe for my ink is honed from long years of research, combining techniques inspired by artisanal papermakers and traditional woodblock printers Iíve studied on travels across the region. In this way I offer a truly holistic ìcircle of lifeî and original environmental approach to art, from pond to studio to display.
My ink is holy & blessed.
Like a rare distillate, this ink is a matter of quality over quantity.
A massive cartload of lotus requested after temple celebrations produces as little as a few cups of ink.
I create an organic ink medium from the materials I am painting with. This is a truly holistic, natural art process, beginning with Cambodian flowers and rainwater first sanctified then symbolically transformed.
Like the beauty of a lotus emerging from its murky origins, I transform the blessings of lotus flowers following the Lord Buddhaís birthday renewed with the life-giving monsoonal rainwaters of Southeast Asia.