Live Forever Foundation No. 789, Sec. 2, Gongyi Rd., Nantun Dist., Taichung City 408, Taiwan, R.O.C. ADMISSION FREE TUE - SUN, 10:00–18:00 RELATED LINK
The Womb & The Diamond is a solo exhibition by Taipei-based artist Charwei Tsai and curated by Dr. Jau-lan Guo at Vital Space and Art Corner at National Taichung Theatre in Taiwan. This exhibition presents a series of newly commissioned projects inspired by personal pilgrimages that the artist took in the past three years. Through these journeys, Tsai traces the wisdom tradition of tantra that is stemmed in fifth century India and through the medieval trade routes across western China, it reached furthest east to Japan, south to Java, and north to Mongolia.
The central piece of this exhibition is a six by three meters installation made with glass and mirrors in reference to The Womb & The Diamond Realm mandalas from Koyasan in Japan. Known for writing mantras on ephemeral materials, for this project, Tsai experiments with using breath and the sound of reciting one-syllable mantras to form each glass piece. These captured mantras are then placed on a circular mirror as a part of the larger mandala. Throughout the exhibition period, visitors are invited to take a flower petal and visualize it as an entire cosmos and dedicate it to victims of the pandemic by placing the petals around the mandala.
photo courtesy of Live Forever Foundation