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    Werner Sasse uses a giant brush to explore the journey from primordial darkness to enlightenment

    Close on the heels of yesterdaya��s meditative performance, Four Walls, by choreographer, dancer, vocalist and writer Sincha Hong, comes Inko Centrea��s Darkness to Lighta��a unique calligraphic presentation by Werner Sasse, her husband. At Lalit Kala Akademi today, the event is what Sasse prefers to call a a�?performancea��, as he uses a large brush and Korean hanji paper (made from the inner bark of the mulberry tree), to symbolically travel from primordial darkness to proverbial light. a�?The performance will be in eight panels that will see a man meditating and a moon.

    Though my paintings are abstract, it always has the element of nature in it,a�? begins the artist from Germany. a�?Calligraphy is very common in Korea. I saw a lot of people using the small brush and then I met a people who do this art on the roads, and learnt it from them.a�? Sasse says his work is a dialogue between his brush, his mind and the paper. a�?I have an image in my mind and then I start drawing it.

    I generally start with landscape, like mountains,trees or a river,a�? says the 73-year-old, who has taken his art to different parts of Korea, Germany and India. But his Darkness to Light is a series that he created two years ago in Berlin, as part of a festival. a�?It begins with a black panel symbolising the void before creation from which, in a gradual process of materialising,
    the world starts to appear, only to disappear into a blaze of light, a blank white panel, that proverbial state of enlightenment,a�? says the artist, an acclaimed scholar of Korean art, history, language and culture.

    At Lalit Kala Akademi, today, from 5 pm onwards. Details: 28291692

    -Mrinalini Sundar


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