The Presence of Absence- Sukhi Barber and Jain art

The Jains have an unusual concept in their  art of the Siddha Pratima – the realized soul who is represented by a void. Sukhi Barber’s art seems to tap into that concept quite magnificently.

According to Jain Philosophy the Siddha or “Accomplished One’ no longer has any karma or karmic residue. Hence he cannot have a physical body either, as the body is a pure karmic construct and needed only to work out accumulated karma.

In one of Barbers work’s from the Disillusion series , the body matter is visibly dissolving away. This is interesting as she had lived for 15 years in Nepal and learnt Buddhism there, not Jainism but the idea is so typically Jain.

They have variants on it…

And so does Barber

Her website says

Sukhi’s sculptures are intended to bridge the cultures of East and West. Embodying the peace and compositional balance of ancient devotional art, they represent complex philosophical ideas with a simplicity and clarity that renders them accessible to the Western viewer. Exploring themes of hidden potentials, and the transcendence of our limiting view of a solid reality, her work often represents the negative space as being as important as the material itself, implying the dance of form and spirit, a constant state of transformation.


Consciousness is indeed unifying itself. Yesterday I posted about this

A universal internal spiritual vision is evolving and we are all the better for that.

Rohit Arya is an Author, Yogi and Polymath. He has written the first book on Vaastu to be published in the West, {translated into five languages} the first book on Tarot to be published in India, co-authored a book on fire sacrifice, and is the creator of The Sacred India Tarot {82 card deck and book}. He has also written A Gathering of Gods. He is  a corporate trainer, a mythologist and vibrant speaker as well as an arts critic and cultural commentator. Rohit is also a Lineage Master in the Eight Spiritual Breaths system of Yoga



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