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Bodhisattvas at Ayutthaya

"Bodhisattvas at Ayutthaya." ... Heebner is interpreting and processing a bittersweet reality: Rampaging Burmese in the 17th century attacked the village and, in a final insult, decapitated its Buddhist deities. And yet the sacred sculptures remain, a testament to divine empowerment in the face of tragedy and defacement. Heebner depicts these defaced Bodhisattvas in photos printed on sheer paper scrolls, and places a barrier of bricks and photographs on the floor, turning the sum effect into a shrine to spiritual resiliency."
Josef Woodard from a review of A Sense of Place, SB News Press (read more)

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Part of "A Sense of Place" installation at UC Santa Barbara, College of Creative Studies Gallery, 2003 Ten pigment print panels on rose gampi paper creating five hanging scrolls, with bamboo, glass, rose petals, brick, 4" x 6" photos. 30 feet x 15'Hx 10'D

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