‘The Quiet Thread’ series

For centuries Buddhist monks have used meditation to attain enlightenment and more recently, physicians have successfully employed meditation to help treat certain disorders.  This is a series about the power of “mindfulness”, exploring the role arts can play in raising awareness about the value of mindfulness in health treatments and how arts can be used to heal and express experiences of illness. Meditation can also support social change organizations and activists through “mindful activism” by helping them stay grounded when participating  in peaceful resistance. The series started in 2014 as part of my own meditative practice while studying Zen philosophy in South Korea and it continues today in Houston while studying Tai Chi because of my interest in Eastern philosophies and religions. The series is a continuum. For me, the repetition process of handwriting the words “no mind” is like saying a mantra or a prayer. It may also remind us of Zen monks who in the early 17th century drew Ensō circles with brush and ink as a form of meditation.

MINDFUL ACTIVISM I, Installation consisting of handmade dress and ink calligraphy scroll on Nepalese paper mounted on cotton by hand-stitching, 40 x 40 x 163 cm/15.7 x 15.7 x 64 in. ((w x d x h), 2018

Untitled, Gaby Berglund Cardenas, 2018 for Alkmaar exhibition

UNTITLED, Installation consisting of baby dress, handmade ink calligraphy scrolls on Nepalese paper mounted on cotton by hand-stitching and “The Swedish Abortion Law in 18 languages”, 40 x 40 x 163 cm/15.7 x 15.7 x 64 in. ((w x d x h), 2018

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UNTITLED, Installation consisting of bridal corset and 4 ink calligraphy scroll on Nepalese paper mounted on cotton by hand-stitching, 30 x 20 x 120 cm/11.81 x 7.87 x 47 in. (w x d x l), 2018

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HOMAGE TO WOMEN’S HANDS Installation consisting of Swedish antique (1800’s) wooden spool linen thread holder and 2 handmade ink calligraphy meditation scrolls on Nepalese paper hand-stitched onto cotton, 11.8 x 13 x 18 in./29 x 33 x 46 cm (w x d x h) plus 2 scrolls 60 in. long each (if open), 2018