Acrylic on handmade clay mask
oval 12" x 6"
This Maa Kali mask is the form of the Devi that represents unbridled energy (Shakti),
raw nature. The fearsome image of a naked Devi with unbound hair, tongue extended,
with a garland of skulls and drinking blood, forces us to face our fears and transcend them. Devdutt Pattanaik explains this beautifully in this extract from an article he wrote:
“...what is the point of wisdom if divorced from the world? Wisdom is meaningless
if it does not enable the liberation of those who are trapped in fear.
That is why the Goddess stands in opposition of Shiva (the God who sits with eyes shut,
immersed in the infinite bliss of an unfettered consciousness),
as both the radiant Gauri, producing light, and as the dark Kali,
consuming light. While Shiva sits still in the north, she comes forth swaying
from the south as Dakshina-Kali, demanding to be seen.Nature will not be ignored.”