This work is a part of a new series the artist worked on during the pandemic.
The series – The Raksha masks in Sri Lanka came in to use in historic eras during pandemics, as as means of warding off sicknesses, through ritualistic perfomances of dance and music. This rituals had an immense influence on the art and architecture of Sri Lanka (formally known as Ceylon) through the decades up to this very day.
In this particular piece, the artist explores use of the decorative aspect of Raksha design and detail on local buildings entrances to ward off evil and sickness. The days of superstition are gone and today these masks are symbols of traditional art decor.
signed in artist native language (SInhala) .
Artist is an award winner (London Art Biennale, 2019).