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“Layman Making Potala Kora”
Artist’s Note: A kora is a walk or trek that circumnavigates a holy location. “Layman Making Potala Kora” captures a man walking in clockwise circles around the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, the former home of the 14th Dalai Lhama. He’s holding a prayer wheel that is spun (also clockwise) as the devotee walks around the palace. The more laps and the more times the prayer wheel is spun, the more prayers that are loosed on behalf of the holder. Each morning, crowds of people walk around Potala Palace and pray utilizing these methods. As people grow old in age, there is a heightened sense of religious responsibility and more free time for this pilgrimage.
Zachary Keimig is a practicing artist and designer living in Portland, Oregon. Zach’s work displays a variety of creative endeavors and interests ranging from photography, painting, illustration and mural installation. From a young age, Zach gave care and attention to the way things look and found interest in order and balance. These tendencies have translated into skills employed as an artist. Zach believes that image making is a skill that requires a fearless attitude and lots of practice. The more time dedicated to creation, the more opportunity there is to find beauty.