Acrylic on handmade clay mask, circular 7.5" x 6"
“Meena” means fish and “Akshi” means eyes in Tamil. This fish-eyed form of the
Devi comes from the ancient myth of a Princess of South India,
raised in the royal arts and sciences and succeeding her father to the throne.
As queen, she decided to go on a conquest of all of south and north India,
looking for a man whom she deemed worthy of being her husband.
After defeating all the kings she meets on her travels, she finally meets Shiva, (the God who sits atop Mount Kailash, with eyes shut, immersed in the infinite bliss of an unfettered consciousness), reveals herself as none other than Shakti, and brings
him home to her city in South India, to be her husband.