Saraswati II – Faith Stone
Saraswati is the Goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning. She holds a stringed instrument called a veena, a book representing knowledge and a mala of beads for mantra recitation and to increase focus. Saraswati is represented in both Hindu and Buddhist tradition. Saraswati is invoked by school children, musicians and artists to increase creativity, to speak eloquently, to gain knowledge and grow in wisdom.
This Saraswati is a detail of a Mokuhanga woodblock printed to 11×14. Mokuhanga is the traditional Japanese style of woodblock prints. Typically a separate block is hand carved for each color used. The blocks are printed onto Japanese Kozo or mulberry paper by hand rubbing with a barren. The inks used are sumi-e and watercolor inks. Mokuhanga is a labor-intensive old school printmaking practice. I used a second woodblock of cloud patterns for the background of this woodblock.
Artwork size: 11″x14″ (28 x 35.5 cm)
With double mat and plastic sleeve