Rise: Udāunu : उदाउनु” is a series created to raise awareness following the April and May 2015 earthquakes in Nepal. I collaborated with Jaydev Poudyal (of Stories of Nepal, link here), basing the paintings on his photographs and interviews. This series captures the beauty and endurance of Nepalese people. The Nepalese word “udāunu” from the series name, is often used in reference to the rising of the sun/moon/stars in the sky. Like dawn after a dark night, this too will pass and faith, hope and love will remain.
All of the pieces use Nepalese black tea to stain the paper, followed by a combination of ink, pastel, colored pencil, acrylic and oil paint.