East Meets West

Here are a few details from works by Nepalese-born Tibetan American artist Tserin Sherpa (Tserin Sherpa: Spirits) currently on display at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Sherpa incorporates elements of Western pop culture with traditional Tibetan spiritual art. The complex works are loaded with minute details, and these photographic enlargements allow us to see… well… see “more”. Paradoxically, it’s sometimes difficult for visitors to get close enough to the works to enjoy the small details. For example, during one visit at a different exhibition an overzealous young guard chastised a visitor who attempted to point out a painting’s detail – because the visitors’ hand (a la “Wild Pointy Finger” by Hayes Carll) crossed the viewing line.

Detail #1 – Tserin Sherpa
Detail #3 – Tserin Sherpa
Detail #2 – Tserin Sherpa
Detail #5 – Tserin Sherpa
Detail #6 – Tserin Sherpa
Detail #7 – Tserin Sherpa
Detail #8 – Tserin Sherpa
Detail #9 – Tserin Sherpa (sculpture)
Detail #4 – Tserin Sherpa

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