On 1/11/2563, amidst the energies of the Full Moon, we followed the instructions and guidance of the local Buddhist monk. We were given a silver bowl and incense sticks. The next day we stoped at the street market for yellow flower garlands and red roses.
This is a photo essay about releasing my Father’s ashes into the Maenaam Ping in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
from breath to bones,
blood to water,
these rituals are beautiful ways to honor our beloved dead,
to commemorate a new relationship with them,
and to collectively heal.
——Experiences such as these, serve as resources for my ongoing work at Aferro Studios. Tapping into deeper understandings of my cultural heritage, learning the nuances of Thai language, engaging with the materials and symbolism of sacred traditions, all fortify my artistic practice. I intersect the endangered practices of paper, print and book making, as a way to support future sustainability of traditional knowledge, cultural heritage and natural resources.