O THOU  OF MY HEART
2003

acrylics, 23 carat gold leaf,
silver leaf and copper powders
on handmade nepalese bark paper.

8 x 11 cm

“O Thou of my heart,
My ears sweep the silence,
listening for thy whispers
My eyes search the heavens,
looking for thy face

Die if I must, that won’t stop me -
The thorns on my grave
will still grow towards thee.”

n this touching poem by Jalaluddin Rumi, an XI° century poet from Persia, Sri Krishna and his dear consort Radha sit in the center of the Celtic peacock-decked “O”.

Krishna is perhaps the most loved of all Hindu deities, for he is gentle and charming and is considered as the god of sensual and divine love.

Here he is represented during his young years when he used to be a cowherd and whiled his days playing the flute to the gopis (maidens), foremost among these, beautiful Radha.