Visions of Self is an annual show of work from female artists across the world. It’s hosted by the Women’s Voices, Women’s Vision group of Yosemite Sierra Artists. In our second year, we’re featuring over 100 artists from 14 countries, with work including the subjects of self-portraiture, environment, emotions, and state of being.

Soul 13

Juhi Gupta
Bangalore, Ka India
Painting: Acrylic

“If they see breasts and long hair coming
they call it a woman,
If beard and whiskers,
they call it a man
but, look, the self that hovers
in between
is neither man
nor woman”
-verse no. 133 by DASIMAYYA
from the book “Speaking Of Siva” by A. K. Ramanujan

This is the English translation of the vacana originally by a Virasaiva Saint Dasimayya as they speak to Shiva and Of Shiva.

This vacana (the saying) said in medieval language shows the rebellion of the speaker against the dichotomies, rejecting inequality on the basis of sex, prejudices and impacts deeply the feminist in me. I am proud that some of our ancestors in medieval times had the capacity and ability to think so radically.

Soul-13 is my way of expressing gratitude to Dasimayya.

Price: 450 USD

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