Sublime Worlds: Feminist Expression In Tibetan Art

TFC recently shared a video, entitled “Sublime Worlds,” by Tibetan woman artist Sonam Lhamo:

The video features Sonam la’s extraordinary oil paintings with background music by Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo (who was the subject of a Newsweek article this year for her work on mental health and homelessness in New York). The video, by Tibet House US, includes the following bio of Sonam la:

Tibetan artist Sonam Lhamo (b. 1982) works primarily in oils to explore themes of existence, moments of inner consciousness, and emotional experience and awareness with dreamy forms in vivid colors. Her practice is informed by her Tibetan identity, deriving inspiration from nature and Buddhist imagery, tales and philosophy.  Ms. Lhamo grew up in the Kardze Kham province of Tibet, where she lived before escaping to India in 1993.  In 2007, the Tibet Museum in Dharamsala presented the first solo exhibition of Lhamo’s work. She has also exhibited at a number of international venues, including Maris De Lanrode in France (2007),  L’Atelier Galerie Bleu, Lille (2007); India Habitat Centre, Delhi (2008); La Main Qui Parle, Paris (2008); and the International Center, New York (2010). Her work was included in the 2011 group show Tibetan Contemporary Art: Tantric Vision in Modern Self-Expression at Tibet House US.

Sonam la had this to say about where she finds the inspiration for her passion:

I have a mission and passion as a Tibetan, as a woman, as an individual finding my identity. My art is my mission and my Passion. I am a feminist and my role model is a Tibetan woman artist who never gave up her art despite the challenges society posed to her. I am not seeking fame, but I want my art to speak for my people. I am gifted with artistic skill and creativity that I became a creativity director for an Indian company, but that’s not what I look for. I want to follow my mission and passion as a Tibetan woman.

Sonam la’s work will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at Tibet House on October, 23rd 2015 in New York.

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