Three Marks of Existence
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Archival ink on 15g handmade Nepali Lhakpa paper | 2021
Brian Merriam’s “3 Marks of Existence” 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
Featured in Vogue, Dwell, Juxtapoz, Domino 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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