Marissa Roth’s Infinite Light: A Photographic Meditation on Tibet is a visual poem of seventy-two color photographs of her impressions of Tibet, arranged in a continuous sequence reflecting the colors of Tibetan prayer flags. The photographs were shot with some of the last available Kodachrome film, producing deep saturated color. The exhibition is akin to a walking meditation accompanied by the sounds of "33 Bowls", recordings of Tibetan singing bowls.
“Marissa Roth has not made pictures like this before, giving herself over to a place. No design in advance, no expectations but to be pulled by light and shape, color and shadow. Her vision drifts from one enticing notation to another. Images flicker, rhythmic, non-narrative, staccato, fragments pour out, visual free association. These photographs might best be regarded not as individual images but rather one long “visual chant.
Ms. Roth’s past work has been much about the human drama in places of intense conflict. Narratives of sorrow laced with beauty. … In such photographs the light merely needed to be sufficient. But in the Tibet images, Ms. Roth’s subject is light. These pictures do not illustrate something, instead they are something. Bathed in color and movement, Marissa Roth discovers a kind of liquid light. She photographed not so much an image but rather an energy, a sort of visual propulsion. Photographs not as nouns, but as verbs. This group of images then, offers a moment of the pulsing lifeblood, the wind, the color and the flow of Tibet.” - Arthur Ollman, from the introduction to the exhibition
The exhibition is being released in conjunction with an exquisite limited edition book of the same title. Three prominent Tibetans also contributed to the book, the Foreword is written by HH The Dalai Lama, Tibetan Poet Laureate, Tsering Woeser contributed a poem, and Her Eminence Sakya Jetsun Chimey Luding Rinpoche wrote an endorsement.
“This project is my love letter to Tibet. It is the reflection of my inner and outer journeys to this land and a very personal impressionistic view of what it feels like to be in Tibet. It is also a social and political statement and another cry for awareness about what is being irrevocably lost.” ~ Marissa Roth
|72 Framed Color Photographs,|
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|William D. Cannon Art Gallery||Carlsbad, CA||March 19 - May 21, 2017|
|Phoenix Art Museum||Phoenix, AZ||September 23, 2017 - February 18, 2018|