Mask dances are usually performed by monks, who go through rigorous lessons to learn the exact movements and beats, and don costumes and masks that have remained unchanged for centuries. It is believed that the dancer becomes a medium for the deity being represented, which inhabits his body for the period of the dance. Thus the wearing of the different masks
for the different dances allows the dancer within to transform into whoever he represents. He is demon or lord, wrathful or peaceful, embodiments themselves of the teachings of the Buddha manifested into being.
Title: Different Expressions
Exhibited In: Healing with Happiness
Price: Price on Request
Artwork Code: HWH71
Jamyang Dorji (Adap)
Born 1987, from Wangdue
Since my parents feared for my economic independence, I couldn’t pursue art full time. My love for art is forever and I make time to create as much as I can and now my parents and my family, especially my wife’s encouragement in art, is unending.
I was inspired by Asha Kama as he is the pioneer of contemporary art in Bhutan. Creating works of art gives me boundless joy and satisfaction. A great artist is one who learns with and from others. Currently, I am focusing on traditional subjects especially chham (mask dance). The colorful and vibrant subjects have a magic quality, and like other forms of Buddhist art, are considered cleansing to those who witness them. The medium that I use most is acrylic.