Ausstellung CUT OUT - CUT UPS 2022

The elephant god Ganesha has his roots on the Indian subcontinent. He is the wonderful symbol of the eternal child, joy, innocence and wisdom. Curiosity and fascination drive me to form this elephant out of clay.

Simple earth that slowly takes shape.
The prominent belly and plump arms and legs express the character of his sweet, childlike personality and complete satisfaction.
His movements are light and rhythmical, despite his corpulent body.
Out of his navel unfolds the motherly life energy in the form of a golden spiral.
The elephant head symbolises innocence and wisdom.
To defend these universal virtues he carries weapons in his hands and helps to overcome life’s obstacles with his powers.
Another hand holds sweets, a gift to satisfy hunger.
The fourth hand is raised to give blessings and good fortune.
With his broken tusk he writes the history of the universe.
Bejewelled like a king, sparkling with gold and precious stones, he sits there with his childlike smile.

These eternal attributes interweave the mythology with my artistic creations and let the elephant god Ganesha dance out of my hands.

We are One 2022

Acrylfarbe, Papier, Goldfolie auf Pappwabenplatte 30x30cm

Fly With Me 2023

A motif I keep returning to in my work is the image of Ganesha, the Indian elephant god, the archetype of the divine child.

Sometimes fantastic - sometimes abstract - always new - Ganesha emerges from the clay in my hands.

Basically benevolent, however, Ganesha is also combative and wields weapons to defend his divine mother and her creation.

Today, in response to current world events, I am sending an army of terracotta soldiers into the battlefield in the form of Ganesha.

Ganesha is also called Ganapati, and in this form he is the leader of an army of good forces, of innocence, love, joy and wisdom.

My vision is that this army will march into the world to overcome all evil forces that want to harm people and creation.

Brigitte Saugstad