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

    Close on the heels of yesterday’s meditative performance, Four Walls, by choreographer, dancer, vocalist and writer Sincha Hong, comes Inko Centre’s Darkness to Light—a unique calligraphic presentation by Werner Sasse, her husband. At Lalit Kala Akademi today, the event is what Sasse prefers to call a ‘performance’, 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. “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,” begins the artist from Germany. “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.” Sasse says his work is a dialogue between his brush, his mind and the paper. “I have an image in my mind and then I start drawing it.

    I generally start with landscape, like mountains,trees or a river,” 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. “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,” 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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