Demon on Canal Street

Shri Devi Magzor Gyalmo, Queen Who has the Power to Turn Back Armies on Canal Street. (Demon on Canal Street)


72 X 82 Oil on linen


The Demon is taken from a Tibetan painting I saw at the Rubin Museum. She came home with me and after hanging around in my head for quite a while I decided she needed to go in a painting. I was thinking: Where would such a Goddess be? And then I realized that of course it would be Canal Street. So I went out in the dusk and ran back and forth across Canal Street taking pictures with the camera as high up as I could hold it. That was the easy part. Then came the problem of reducing this myriad of information into a sort of haiku while still keeping the density of the place, the overlay of a thousand light sources, the movement of everything, and the rightness of the mythological in the mundane. It came out very Bollywood which feels exactly right.


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