Stok, Ladakh (2006) / Lyssa Paluay

Lyssa Paluay

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Associate Professor Lyssa Palu-ay was born in Chicago in 1968. She received her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2001 and a BA in Political Science from Boston College in 1990. Her studio practice reinforces her interest in cross-cultural study, landscape and sacred geography. “I am a traveler to these silent worlds. I hear echoes of silence from the past like waves of nothing sounds constantly in motion. The marks upon the land are vibrations of a physical history that continues to resonate. I engage the landscape to discover a spiritual as well as a literal geography. I find these dark places intriguing as if I have been there before in a time I do not know or a place I cannot name. These photographs are traces of that journey. In Mesoamerican cultures, the mask is worn to transform the human self to embody characteristics of the gods. The mask is not a disguise but a method for this transformation. The photograph is like the mask revealing a powerful force that pulses beneath the surface of the land we inhabit. My work is to retell the story of a lost place and time.”