Karen Arp-Sandel is a Kripalu Yoga teacher, part of the YIS Team, member of BKC ,and presenter of the Vibrant Visionary Collage Program here at Kripalu. Below, Karen shares her inspiration in creating this Ganesh.
Inspired by all things Ganesh and Bollywood, I found myself creating this fun folk art icon last spring after teaching my 2012 Vibrant Visionary Collage workshop. It is a mixed-media assemblage constructed as a collage in three dimensions with re-purposed, recycled materials. Ganesh, the deity known as The Remover of Obstacles, became a very powerful figure for me after I participated in a wonderful KYTA Conference mantra chanting workshop.
My Ganesh, who is sitting upon a grand lotus, is surrounded by animals of power and colorful flower lights that add illumination to his shrine. I am fascinated by the archetypal shrine and sacred icon as subjects in my collage art, because they can be universally found. I love the folk art tradition for the way it harmonizes the sacred and the profane for everyday enjoyment.