Black Tara – Faith Stone
Black Tara is one of the 21 Taras. This is an African American Tara. Tara is the goddess of loving-kindness and compassion. As Black Tara she is known for her powerful ways to cut through obscurations. This is part of my Everyday Goddess series. My vision is to bring archetypal Goddesses and BodhiSattvas into contemporary American forms. I am looking for ethnic diversity and inclusiveness in my depictions and rely on my friends for models. Tara Kaya was my model for Black Tara.
“Black Tara subdues the eight classes of harmful spirits and nine malignant spirit brothers. She makes the world tremble and quake by striking the mountains and islands with the palms of her hands and stamping upon them with her feet.”
This is an original woodblock, not a digital print, hand-rubbed onto handmade paper using a bamboo baren. For this artwork I hand carved a mokuhanga woodblock. Mokuhanga is the traditional Japanese style of woodblock prints. The blocks are printed onto Japanese Kozo or mulberry paper by hand rubbing with a barren. The inks used are sumi and watercolor inks. Mokuhanga is a labor-intensive old-school printmaking practice.
Contemporary Goddess Series
Artwork size: 16″x20″ with mat (40 x 50 cm)
Titled, numbered and signed by the artist. Limited edition original hand rubbed woodblock.