Sant Khalsa - Prana: Life with Trees (signed by the artist)
Hardcover, 178 pages, 7.5 x 9.25 inches,
Griffith Moon / MOAH Lancaster, 2019
Includes 174 reproductions of photographs, mixed media and installation works by Sant Khalsa; Introduction by Andi Campognone; Essays by Colin Westerbeck and Betty Ann Brown; and Interview by Patricia Watts.
Trees and forests have been a focus in Sant Khalsa’s creative work for nearly five decades. The book Prana - Life with Trees is the first in depth survey of Khalsa’s intimate connection with trees – her explorations, observations, perceptions and interpretations. Her unique perspective is expressed through a style that encompasses the documentary, subjective and conceptual. Her work evokes a meditative calm to what we often experience as a chaotic and conflicted world. Khalsa is concerned with both the micro and macro aspects of forests: what is seen and unseen; historical, scientific and spiritual; and personal and universal. She is mindful of our symbiotic relationship with trees and forests, grounded in the life-sustaining connection through the breath (exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen). Her beautiful, distinctive and sometime disquieting works express the cycle of life (birth, life, death, and rebirth), the destruction and memory of the forest, as well as the promise of new growth.
Sant Khalsa’s artworks are widely exhibited, published, and collected by museums including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, and Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. Khalsa is a recipient of fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, California Council for the Humanities and others. She is a Professor of Art, Emerita at California State University, San Bernardino and lives in Joshua Tree.