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THESIS Tibet is an innate part of me that has been endowed upon me by birth. Despite growing up in the culture, there are certain practices, customs, objects that are very alien to me. All of these have a lot of symbolism and complexity. My aim through this project is to create work that can simplify the complexity yet portray the full meaning about these issues using my own personal experiences.

TOPICS OF INTEREST 1. personal narrative 2. tibetan art a) thangkas b) altars 3. free tibet campaign

Dawa Dolma | Tibet, Nepal, India, New York


The Tibetan National Flag The image of the Tibetan Flag is very important since it portrays alot of meaning to the Tibetan people in general, including me. It serves as a symbol of unity and solidarity for the Tibetan people in their fight for freedom. Also, now it has become synonomous with the Tibetan freedom campaign where the sight of this flag is a sight one will not miss. Moreover, the colors included in the flag are very representative of the Tibetan culture and art.

Dawa Dolma | Tibet, Nepal, India, New York


EXPLORING THE MEANING BEHIND TIBETAN ART Composition and structure of a thangka The use of a strict grid in thangka paintings is explained very clearly in the image to the left. The placement of the deities and other figures are shown in accordance to their ranks which portrays their meaning and importance overall. Morever, the influence of this grid is a very important aspect in generating the final visual of a thangka.

Deconstruction of thangkas showing different narratives The complex nature of thangka paintings is something that has alienated me from it. But, this image to the right explains very carefully how the whole thangka is divided into different parts. It also illustrates into visuals the narratives associated with the deity.

Dawa Dolma | Tibet, Nepal, India, New York


Tibetan thangka of Guru Rinpoche Since exploring the meaning of thangka paintings is a very complex and a big subject to study, I have chosen to focus on one deity so that my approach can be more detailed and refined. His name is Guru Rinpoche(Padmasambhava). He is believed to have born as an eight year old child from a lotus leaf. He is also the emanation of the Buddha Amitabha. Also, sometimes called the second Buddha. He is also regarded to be a very instrumental figure in bringing Buddhism to Tibet.

The basic grid This is the grid that serves the base for these complex and elaborate thangkas. This shows the grid and order and specific measurements that the artist takes care of in the initial stages of thangka making.

Dawa Dolma | Tibet, Nepal, India, New York


The Tibetan Altar The Tibetan altar is a very personal place for me. For all Tibetans, it is a very sacred part of the home where religious prayers are performed. This image is important to me since I want to explore why I perform some daily chores without any knowledge or meaning behind it. I am required to do it and I do it without question.

Dawa Dolma | Tibet, Nepal, India, New York


INFLUENCES YOSSI LEMEL Amnesty International, 1995 I really like the graphic of one huge hand extending to helping others. Moreover, I like how the artist used the space between the fingers to illustrate and include many more tiny hands that are shouting for help. In my opinion a very clever and simple illustration showing a complex idea about the people who are suffering in the world today.

Amnesty International 1997 Depicting the Saturated Western World Facing World Starvation. The juxtaposition of the golf stick with the skinny foot of an African American person draws on the idea of starvation in a very metaphorical way. I like this approach where the artist used an object, in this case a golf stick to correlate the idea of how children or people in Africa are starving in a visual way that can portray the message despite the image being not accurately correct fully.

Dawa Dolma | Tibet, Nepal, India, New York


Amnesty International - Annual Report 2002 I like how the artist portrayed the idea of human rights after the 9/11 attack by using two images that are very recognizable. Morever, the meaning is clear and can be understood by all very easily. I also like the placement of the foot in the same line of the twin towers which has resulted in a very strong graphic. Thus, portraying how the problem has sprung from the twin tower’s itself.

Fukushima Mon Amour Taking the Japanese flag and using it in the composition where the ocean filled with blood addressing the tsunami disaster that occurred is an example yet again of juxtaposing two things to portray a very clear idea or message. The date on the bottom to is very helpful in making the event more clearer and the date is took place.

Dawa Dolma | Tibet, Nepal, India, New York



Stop Whaling in Japan The simplicity of this poster is what I like the most. But I think the artist has to the fullest achieved to portray the message of whale hunting in Japan through this visual. I like how the artist used the flag of Japan as a background to address the country that this inhumane act is taking place. Then, again using the red dot of the Japanese flag as an ocean of blood where the black silhouette of the tail of the whale is very accurately placed is what according to me is genius.

Dawa Dolma | Tibet, Nepal, India, New York



Victory 1945 I like how the artist was able to comment of the senselessness of war through this graphic. The use of minimal graphic. which portrays the full meaning despite its minimalism is what I like alot. The thought of portraying an artillery shell going in the direction from where it was fired is an idea that is hard to envision. Morever the simplicity of the form the artist chose to portray such complex objects is what attracts me the most.

Happy Earth Day Here again Fukuda’s own personal stand on issues relating to the world is reflected through this visual very clearly. I feel like he is mocking the world by portraying two sides of the story. First, showing a young sapling sprouting up which occupies the upper half of the poster. Second, showing an axe that is used to cut the very tree that is growing above. I like the concept of combining two issues that are counter to each other yet manifesting it through one single visual that is very effective and eye catching.

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Income Gap The issue of income gap is very effectively portrayed through this simple graphic of a pie, where a small slice has many forks and the other half of the pie has just one fork showing how some have so little and others have alot. Once again, the way the idea or message is portrayed is what I like alot since I am working towards this kind of style for my own posters in regard to Tibet.

Sudan Using the nutrition label with calories showing 0 in the mouth of the graphic of a man which has been colored black is another very creative way to show the idea of how people in Sudan are not getting enough to eat.

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BIBLIOGRAPHY SACRED SYMBOLS The Ritual Art of Tibet Robert A.F. Thurman David Weldon TIBETAN THANKA PAINTING Portrayal of Mysticism Pema Namdol Thaye TIBET Culture on the Edge Phil Borges GURU RINPOCHE His Life and Times Ngawang Zangpo GRAPHIC DESIGN REFERENCED A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design Bryony Gomez-Palacio Armin Vit SHIGEO FUKUDA Masterworks Shigeo Fukuda

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first presentation about thesis topic