Luxation 1  Print

In the 1980s, Tsherin Sherpa left Nepal for California, where he eventually shifted his traditional artistic training to new modes of expression. This multipaneled painting comes from a body of work exploring his reactions to the catastrophic 2015 Nepal earthquake. Its title, meaning dislocation or displacement, references the resulting devastation, as well as Sherpa’s own —and Tibetan Buddhism’s — cultural dislocation. Its 16 canvases, each a detail excerpted from an image of the Buddhist deity Vajrabhairava, are reassembled into a composition whose small gaps are like chasms of missing information. This fragmented image can be understood as a  reflection of the unenlightened viewer’s confusion: particular elements are recognizable, but their sum and true significance is unclear.

Original Artwork: Luxation 1, 2016, by Tsherin Sherpa (Nepalese, born 1968). Acrylic on sixteen stretched cotton canvases. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund, 20141965a-p.

  • Printed in the U.S.
  • Digital print, unframed
  • 12 X 12 inches