Myself as the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus; a fantasy of connecting to pre-colonial Indian religious spiritualities. I’m healing from Catholicism while I ponder my own spirituality, bandages unravelling around my sacred heart where there were thorns. An open purple lotus sits on my heart in place of the cross. My hand is in an invented mudra based on the meditation gesture, and the red bindi in the place of concealed wisdom, the third eye. My halo is purple like the crown shakra relating to self-knowledge, spiritual awareness and inner strength. My Jesus robes resemble a sari, printed in the pattern culturally exchanged and known by many names in South and Central Asia and the Middle East including Kolke, Carrey, Ambi and Mankolam, but culturally appropriated and known in western culture as ‘Paisley’.
2012, felt-tip marker, coloured pencil and acrylic paint pen on Stonehenge cotton paper, 96.5 × 127 cm (38 × 50 in). Private Collection.