ARTWORK: any space, anyplace, virtual pilgrimage, 2010

Every second is a door to eternity. The door is opened by perception. – Rumi


This project documents a pilgrimage to the revered hill Arunachala in Tiruvannamalai, India, in early 2010. In addition to exhibiting photography and video, a number of mixed-media works are presented utilizing stills, tapes and sound as raw materials. As a whole, the exhibition paints a picture of this colorful and enigmatic place, and also creates the potential for a small taste of the inner journey experienced.  Language is incorporated in the space and in selected works with the purpose of aiding viewers in the later intent – simply put, seeing the underlying experience of awareness itself as the prior precondition of everything in time-space perception. (Put another way, it is turning the mirrors of perception to understand all seemingly detached objects and “others”, aesthetic and otherwise, as content in the existent awareness of a non-subjective viewer.)  With this understanding the exhibition is considered a creative medium in itself, a spatial and durational occurrence, with viewers the essential, fluid contributors in this through their own experience and perceptions.  Therefore ”virtual” is used in this title as the term has been defied in philosophy, “that which is not real but may display the salient qualities of the real.”

Also within the outer narrative this exhibition documents a Hindu internment ritual that is reserved for individuals known to be Self-Realized. This was one of perhaps only four times this ritual has ever been performed for a Westerner. More information about this event can be found in the book Witness Silently, available for viewing online at

Below is a still of a viewer engaged in a mixed-media piece from this project, “The Space Within the Gaps”, shown at the Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries in Norfolk in May of 2010.

The exhibition premiered at the Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth, Virginia in June, 2011. The web is already woven.

2 Responses to “ARTWORK: any space, anyplace, virtual pilgrimage, 2010”

  1. I love this e-book. It is such an inspiration to see the world thru Tess’s eyes. She has been a great source of my own personal growth from when I was only 13. Thanks Tess for taking us on your journey. This book rekindles my passion for life its beauty and colors made me tear up at work. Thanks Tess for sharing a part of you soul with the world.

  2. […] Amoruso uses photography, mixed media and video to document her recent pilgrimage to one of India’s most sacred sites, the hill Arunachala in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu. Epic […]

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