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Tribute to the Rainbow Project

2 April 2012, The Winebar, Budapest, Hungary

All my love and gratitude to these amazing artists for this magical evening!

Attila Dora –

Nina Nassif –

Judie Jay –

Albert Orgon –


Opening Speech

at the exhibition « Essence and Timelessness of the Himalaya » of Sabine Fazekas

The Winebar, Hercégprimas utca 4, Budapest

April 2- May 2, 2012

Essence & Timelessness of the Himalaya

Jo estet – good evening – Jullay!

“Jullay” is your official welcome to Ladakh – and tonight, you are all welcome to Ladakh, with the guidance of Sabine Fazekas.

This is more than an exhibition of paintings – it is an invitation to join Sabine on a journey to one of the most magnificent – and remote – parts of the world.

Ladakh, “Little Tibet”, the northernmost part of India, high in the Himalayas, the highest desert in the world.

Sabine has asked me to introduce the exhibition tonight because I have known her and the way she works for quite some time, and I am also fortunate enough to know, to some extent, Ladakh.

The way that Sabine works is always an invitation to join her on her journey – a journey geographically, into nature, in partnership with nature, a journey in search of beauty, and a journey spiritually, deep into oneself.

In fact, Sabine’s art is not something separate from her life – her daily life, her spirituality, and her aesthetic search, are all facets of her path.

Sabine is on a journey, and you are always invited to join her, sometimes physically, when she enters into nature, to collaborate with nature, and to find the essence of that nature – this is when she makes pieces of Land Art, in specific locations within nature, devoted to one or more elements, and often incorporates them into performance pieces, often collaborating with others. Her upcoming Rainbow Project will be perhaps her most ambitious such piece of Land Art, where she invites others to join her, and this is also why we are here tonight.

At the same time, she makes paintings, which also invite the viewer on a journey, without having to travel physically. Her paintings involve a total immersion in her subject matter, on many levels. Her subject matter generally focuses on the physical elements – fire, water, air, earth – on one level, which also involves a spirituality on many levels.

The combination of natural elements and spirituality is one way to understand Ladakh and its people.

Ladakh has been inhabited since Neolithic times, and already, in the 2nd century, Buddhism spread there.

Life in the plateau desert is difficult, and its inhabitants are faced with the elements directly every single day. The sun is much closer and more intense, the sky is lower, and you can almost touch the dramatic clouds that blow over the intensely clear blue sky. The Himalayas are violet, orange, green and gold. All the colours, shadows, reflections, are heightened – you can feel God, or the spirit, in every pebble and flower that pushes its way through.

The layers of Sabine’s paintings can also be experienced through her technique of washing the oils and pigments over the canvas or board in several translucent layers. Time and patience are also necessary here, as the image is gradually built up.

When the image is complete, the viewer is drawn in, inside the series of layers. Sabine initiates the viewer, encouraging them to enter, into the forms of the spiral, contours that draw your eye and your spirit into the centre.

The paintings on view here span a number of years, and come from a number of different series.

The earliest series is the blue paintings, which investigate the life of water, entering deep into the essence of water, which perhaps also reflects the sky. The blue of the water, in fact, comprises many colours.

There is also a series of aquarelles and ink on paper, which Sabine calls Elementary Landscapes. It was only after she completed the series, when she arrived to Ladakh, that she discovered what she was painting: these are mountain streams in Ladakh, that she saw in her mind’s eye, and later discovered thousands of kilometres away.

Finally, there are Sabine’s newest paintings, made directly after her experiences in Ladakh, which are in shades of gold and black.

These are extremely delicate, like calligraphy, or ink wash paintings from China or Japan.

Wind and sand, mountain crags and the haze of the sun – soft and strong at the same time.

Essence and Timelessness is the softer, more integral series, and the Mountains, painted on board, are stronger, glowing, drawing the viewer more decisively into the space within the mountains, toward the lake reflecting the mountains above, in an act of initiation.

The journey begins.

Om Mani Padme Hum

Adele Eisenstein

art curator and traveller to Ladakh

Budapest, April 2, 2012



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