[words from All Particles and Waves]
Mani Kambo is based in Newcastle Upon Tyne where she grew up surrounded by Sikh tradition and ritual. Kambo is drawn to everyday rituals and precautionary actions taken from superstitions. They hold meaning and power for the artist having been passed down through the generations.
Kambo recreates ritual gestures like drawing a black dot behind your left ear or casting a cup of water around the head in a circular motion. Her work records movement and documents performative actions – the hand that creates the action, fire that reveals, water which is the purifier and eyes that perceive. These visuals are repeated throughout her work like markers linking to notions of spirituality, rebirth and the cyclical nature of life and death and reaching beyond our current existence.