Loren Talbot, a yoga practitioner and artist, shares her experience in creating this collage: The Long Walk.
This collage entitled The Long Walk was inspired by a book with the same name. It was written by Slavomir Rawicz, who was a Polish prisoner in a Siberian camp. He and six others escaped from the camp and, after six months, crossed the Himalayas into freedom.
While there has been much discussion whether the acts in the book actually took place or were imagined, the story is one of triumph, physical and mental survival, and free will. The Himalayas are collaged gears representing the miles the group had traveled and the sun setting symbolizes the end of the journey. I added Chinese characters in the piece to acknowledge the ongoing occupation of Tibet, as it is hard to think of these mountains without the many layers of history.