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A Shamans World
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size: 23" x 23"3

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There were good Shamans and not so good Shamans, as there are good doctors and not so good doctors, says Sohela. A good Shaman needs to face and over come his own fears, and prevail with love.
In the picture, our Shamans eyes and the triangles therein are truly the window to his soul. Calm, centred, and unshakeable, he travels upwards through the spine into the spiritual realm as he prepares to do his healing work. He communicates with the myriad life forms and intelligent beings. The cross in the centre represents the four elements, or the four directions, in the middle is the space in which they exist . The countless eyes on his skull look outwards, and below is an entire civilization of ants The symmetry around the Shaman reflects his centred core and his spiritual and mental strength.


Ayahuasca
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size: 16" x 23"

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The picture is really a picture of love. Ayahuasca is a psychoactive brew of the Capi vine and leaves of shrubs containing DMT, used as a religious sacrament and for divinatory and healing purposes in Shamanism as practiced among the Amerindians in the jungles of Peruvian Amazonia. It is believed to facilitate life healing insights and allow communication with the spirit world.
In our picture, the Ayahuasca revelation is the tree of life supporting myriad life forms , the creatures with tails imply evolution. Male and female come together in a jungle happening. The cells are distinct individual life in themselves, they share information with each other in a deeper meaning of love and together make up other larger life. The female elements bring kindness and good decision. The male and female are seen sharing the breath of life, breathing together. The Hawaiian greeting "Aloha" incidentally literally means sharing the same breath.

Clouds Of Possibilitys
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size: 33" x 45"

price: Rs 27,000/-

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This is the largest picture in the collection and was drawn over three months of the Goa monsoon. Many cultures regard the frog as a symbol of life, a harbinger of prosperity, good luck, fertility and renewal.
The frog in the picture is in a static position, almost as if it were in a state of prayer. It is skeletal, symbolizing a male energy in the Shamanic world. He is longing and singing out for his mate. The skeleton also signifies transformations of birth, growth from a tadpole, life, death and renewal. There are circles galore, a profusion of colourful eggs signifying fertility, abundance and endless possibilities.
The Cloud of Possibilities is also inspired by quantum physics. According to quantum physics, matter is eventually made up of sub atomic packets of energy called quanta (the countless circles)-not particles in a particular space, time, but probabilities brought into existence by the act of observation. Sohela is inspired by the idea that our minds observe and shape reality.


Frogs
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Frogs:
"Frogs" is a Goa monsoon inspired picture. In India the monsoon is the season of renewal and new life, as is Spring is in other parts of the world. Hence the bright refreshing, bubbly colours unlike the other drawings in the exhibition. Creation comes out of empty space, which is the deep black background.
The frog is a creature dear to Sohelas heart, also signifying new beginnings. Frogs change form dramatically from being tadpoles, are creatures of both water and earth. They are reptiles, one of the oldest existing life forms, yet so much a creature of present times. In the centre of the picture is the eye and head of another reptile, a baby crocodile. The intensely detailed background of coloured cells is because our world is psychedelic, our minds shaping reality, says Sohela

Kali
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Kali:
Kali means "black" and is the Hindi goddess associated with eternal energy. Kali is the consort of the god Shiva, and dominates much of the Tantric iconography. She conveys, death, destruction and the consuming aspects of reality. The popular myth goes that after destroying demons on the battle field, she goes on a victorious rampage, dancing on the corpses of her enemies. Her fury is only stopped when Shiva lies down among the corpses.
In our picture of Kali her fierce eyes dominate everywhere. Between the eyes at the top of the picture is a strong representation of female power with the yoni and clitoris ending in a lotus flower and the male gonads. The lingam below culminates in the third eye of Kali. Again below is a Shivalingam, where the male and female aspects are united.

Layers of Reality
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size: 23" x 33"

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Layers of Reality:
This is a picture in bright, vibrant colours. The central figure is of an attractive, corseted young woman in black and white. She appears two dimensional, and one can see her hands are tied to her "Flatland" reality. In contrast the bones and other internal body organs of the creatures around, appear in earthy, alive solidity and colour.
Around her is existence on different levels, from the jawbones of the animal below (which we don't usually see when we observe any creature), to fractal shapes, circles of yellow light. There are what Sohela calls "spaceworms" in fleshy colours, and spirals, circles reminiscent of the DNA helix. The bright blue around the woman is light and space, and the orange signifies earth and fire.
What Sohela says in the picture is that we are conditioned to see reality a particular way, and it is not easy to grasp beyond what our senses tell us about our three
Madona
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size: 23" x 33"

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Madonna:
The picture " Madonna" (My Lady) is one of female power, activity and independence, reminiscent of ancient Egyptian queens, or the dominant Amazonian female warriors. Its one of a matriarchal society where the males are passive, even submissive.
The female warrior on the top left hand corner is astride a male skeleton. Two of the females are three breasted and three legged, signifying their enhanced nurturing ability and strength. The grey life forms on the borders of the pictures is nature, life and environment, to which they are all connected.

Mandala
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Mandala is a concentric diagram having spiritual and ritual significance in many traditions, particularly Hinduism and Buddhism, a sacred space to focus on for meditation and trance induction. In our picture, on the top is the end of a totem pole, a winged protector, reminiscent of the ancient Persian Farohar. A horned creature looks out from behind.
In the Mandala circle itself is a depiction of the three eyes of Shiva in the centre. Around are forms of fish, shark, panther, birds and other life forms, one shape melding into the other. There are snakes heads around the skull. The entire circular space is a vortex of energy whorls, and around is a clear band of an energy current. Outside the circle on the right, is a being feeding a fish, on the left another creature is carrying an egg.
 
Motherhood lost
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Motherhood Lost:
This is a poignant picture which shows much pain.
The central figure in white is the mother who cannot feed her child, she is only of mind and intellect. Her arms are robotic and insect like. Behind her is a black pregnant figure, and further to the left a slim, yet to mature female in white.
In the lower right hand corner is a female, submissive and cowering in defeat. The male reaching out for the embryo-baby is also hurt, he is awkward but doing the best he knows.
On the right hand side is a fulfilled, healthy, nurturing and fertile mother, the only one in the picture. The baby crocodile heads (reptiles being ancient creatures) over her head further symbolize her fertility.
Behind her is a grandmother of oriental features, who is very old, with arthritic wrinkled hands, joyless and unable to help much with a child. Also seen is a small, blind, ghost like female figure, also helpless.


Plants
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Plants:
The art animation film which accompanies this exhibition of Sohelas works shows the plants throbbing with life, intelligence, sensitivity and life processes. Again the theme of the male and female shapes, energies and dances is explored.
An interesting feature in this picture are the intensely drawn cell like circles of turquoise blue around the plants. Blue is the colour of water, sky and space.
 

Sirius
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size: 23" x 33"

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Sirius:
The Sirius "Dog Star" is the brightest star in the sky. The ancient Egyptians believed that the "Dog Star" is one of the guardians of the heavens, keeping guard over the beyond into incarnation.
Sohelas "Sirius' is a picture full of symbolism and depicts the cycle of death and reincarnation. Despite that it is a positive picture.
The mask at the bottom of the picture shows the remains of the body, a mask frozen in death. From out of the top of the head is a spiral, a release of DMT (dimethyl tryptamine). DMT is a naturally occurring psychedelic drug found in many plants and created by body metabolism in small amounts in the human body. It's believed to be released from the pineal gland during death/near death causing the experience of the Near Death Experience (NDE) phenomenon.
In the picture the second row of the guardian dogs have no eyes, their sight is directed into an inner world. So also with the hawk without eyes, behind which is a winged warrior.
Emerging from out of the top of the head along with plants, is a part reptilian, part human creature, a guide. The guide is gentle and tender, with a message not to be afraid. The guide is very kind and loving, holding the embryos yet to be incarnated in the palm of the hand, whispering into their ears a last secret mantra.
Shaman
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size: 16" x 23"

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Shamanism is a range of practices and beliefs coming from ancient times, concerned with communication with the spiritual world. A Shaman is an intermediary between the natural world and the spirit world, and effects healings on a spiritual level, as well as seeks guidance for the community or tribe.

In the Shaman picture, there are around the Shaman the connections with the skull, reptiles, frogs, plants,,….his tools of divination. Close to him are the companion lizards. Again there is the eye of the crocodile, with energy patterns visible between all the creatures and the Shaman. There is lots of energy and vibration in this picture.

 
Three Sisters
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Three Sisters:
This is a picture of femininity, sisterhood and mutual trust. The trio of females are standing firm together and facing in the same direction. The picture is focused on their heads to show their united mental strength. They are tuned into and receive intuition and powers from the nature and light around.
 
Totem Pole
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Totem Pole:
The Indians of the Pacific North Coast of North America made these monumental carvings of cedar wood. Most were commemorative and many told stories.
Artists are sometimes described as catalysts of their time. Early humans strove to come to terms with death and transformation, and felt the need to build memorial markers- the beginnings of cult and hence "culture".
While totem poles were never revered, none the less they were centres of energy focus. In Sohelas picture the totem pole is built up of different kinds of animal bones, representing the masculine energy, while the flesh and the jungle plants around represent the female. The bones reach out to flesh and plants. Seen along the pole is the skull of a frog, a lizard, a winged creature, a pair of horns.

 
Wild Boar
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size: 23" x 33"

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Wild Boar:
If the Madonna depicts female power, " Wild Boar" is an expression of male strength and virility. It's a picture of hunting, shamanism and spirituality, all somehow connected, as are hunter and hunted. The Shaman is visible behind the hunter, also little animal spirits and the large bird of prey. The bones of different animals around have significance as the ancient beginnings of art. The female on the right is fertile, ovulating and attracting the hunter.
 
A Shamans World
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