My Body Is

A Temple

But Not In

That Way

This series was inspired by my childhood nostalgia for my early encounters with art.

The first formal paintings I saw were temple paintings in Buddhist and Hindu temples. Symmetry was a common theme with the paintings of gods that made them seem worthy of worship and powerful-looking even to a small child.

I visualise memories and experiment with naive techniques I would have used as a child, like squish painting and finger painting, to play with symmetry and stretch its associations with the human body and perfection. My ambition is to create a new ‘temple’ with my memories of the religious artefacts in a series of paintings.

© 2021 by Sophie Teh.