Each work of art reveals part of the secret of the visible that can never be known. Thus my art points to an expanded way of seeing and being. Even though we are limited by our senses to narrow windows through which we receive experiences of the world, art can open further windows, broaden the existing ones and thus allow us to venture into unknown territory and see beyond the outer play of forms and colors we are accustomed to. Often we recognize in fine art images something that seems very familiar and yet escapes in its subtleness our "normal awareness. Time may stop at that moment, concepts may break down. The familiar feels strange and the strange feels strangely familiar. For some, these impressions remain ephemeral, for others they are profound and transformational. In any case, this unmediated directness is infinitely more personal, leaves less space for misunderstanding, moves us closer together and helps us realize once again that we are all interconnected and more alike than otherwise.
A unique feature of this new medium, Digital Fine Art, is the possibility to share it with the world immediately and with fantastic speed via the internet. New venues of transverbal communication are thus opened up. Whether or not an image carries a message beyond itself, it certainly contributes to an international understanding and transcultural exchange that may well become the necessary ground on which lasting peace on this planet is feasible.
Short biography: I was born and raised in Germany and as long as I remember I was drawn to art and loved to paint, take photographs and write poetry. After finishing school I wanted to go to the art school (Kunstakademie) in Karlsruhe, Germany. Though I was admitted, I did not choose this path. More than the serious resistance of my family, the argument of a good artist friend of mine was responsible for this decision: "If you want your creativity stifled and bent to the ideas of other artists, go." I didn't. Instead, I studied Indology (Eastern Indian languages, religions and philosophy) and received my Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 1979. More than 13 years of post graduate research in India followed, which brought me in contact with spiritual masters and many great Indian musicians and artists. I became deeply engrossed in all aspects of Indian culture, received the name Sautamali and increasingly devoted time to express my experiences, thoughts and beliefs through drawings.
Besides being an artist, I work as author and translator of mostly spiritual books for various publishers in Germany. My new translation from Sanskrit into German of the major Upanishads came out in 1996. For more details visit my website at www.turstig.net. Recently my wife Bee Zollo and I moved to Santa Fe, NM, and in this artistic atmosphere my creativity found new ways to manifest and to express my metaphysical interests and insights. I developed a composite technique working with my own photographs, with digital enhancement using various computer software, different printing methods on diverse surfaces and additional drawing and painting by hand.
Here is a short "poem" that goes with Dark Vision:
God is God
Monument in Moonlight
On the Beach
On the Road
And here is a short text that hoes with this image:
5 Balsa Road
Santa Fe, NM 87508