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Three Marks of Existence II

Sale price$ 4,925


Archival ink on 15g handmade Nepali Lhakpa paper | 2023

This second iteration of Brian Merriam’s “3 Marks of Existence” series features a photographic triptych of the Himalayas. The work and its title are inspired by the Buddhist concepts of anicca (impermanence), anatta (absence of self), and dukkha (suffering), which together comprise the three marks of existence.

Reflecting on the series, Merriam writes: “The Himalayan peaks pictured in the piece act as physical representations of these concepts—they’re distant, immense, and foreboding yet alluring. An existence all but unknowable lies beyond. The outward physical journey mirrors the inward spiritual path.”


20 x 30 inches each


Floated: 34.75 x 66.25 x 2 inches each


The work comes with a Certification of Authenticity signed and numbered by the Co-Founder of Tappan

Size: 34.75 x 66.25 inches | Edition of 10
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"I stepped out of the present and let my mind succumb to geologic time. I found comfort in it’s endless cycles."
-Brian Merriam
Brian Merriam

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Brian Merriam

Featured in Vogue, Dwell, Juxtapoz, Domino, Artforum, and The New Yorker, photographer Brian Merriam travels to the most remote parts of the world to capture rarely seen landscapes and celestial phenomena, including the Himalayas, the Aurora Borealis, lush Hawaiian jungles and total solar eclipses.

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Three Marks of Existence II Sale price$ 4,925