Anima Nocturna

Anima Nocturna is the primary vehicle of multimedia artist Carlos Melgoza. Within the enclosure of Anima the artist process is sacralized through concentration upon occult currents.

Past explorations have had a Vama Marga Tantric focus mainly exploring the mysteries of the Dasha Mahavidya and Aghoric symbol and strategy employed in facing the traditional 8 fetters of Aghora.  Also explored in past projects are the significance of the LUX / NOX signs as utilized by the Golden Dawn and OTO in relation to asana and mudra as conduit of specific energies utilized in ritual.

 

The three photographs being offered here are images composed of two or more negatives in the darkroom. Utilizing extensive dodging and burning techniques, Melgoza, creates the visual quality of the liminal space here manifested in these strictly limited archival prints. The quality exhibited in these prints will satisfy the most discerning collector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daughter of the Mountain is one of the 108 names of Kali as well as Parvati. Parvati being the beneficent face of the same goddess. The apparent contradiction that Parvati is addressed as the fair one, Gauri, as well as the dark one, Kali or Shyama is a philosophical matter. It hints at her “twice-born” nature as Sati and then Uma. The twin opposite colors, white and black represent the two opposing aspects of the Goddess. This is a devotional work dedicated to Kali during 2008.

 

Daughter of the Mountain. 11″ x 14″ Type C Print. Number 3 from an edition of 8. $375.00

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This piece had its genesis during the meditations upon the work QUTUB by Andrew Chumbley. Within the stillness of the Enclosure the practitioner finds QUTUB, it is this liminal space where congress occurs after the call from the Faithful. (2000)

 

 

Invocation. 11″ x 14″ Fiber based Silver Gelatin Print. Number 2 from an edition of 8. $375.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bija in devanagari means seed, it is a metaphor for the origin and cause of creation. In Tantric practice Bija mantras are uttered to manifest the essence of various deities within the body of the practitioner, in turn bringing knowledge, enlightenment and  the production of phenomena known as siddhis to those who have attained. This photo work was created in 2008 while contemplating the practice known as Aghora, or non-terrifiyng. Puja and mantra were performed as preliminaries to this body of work.

 

Bija. 11″ x 14″ Fiber based Silver Gelatin Print. Number 3 from an edition of 8. $375.00

 

 

 

 

Visit the Anima Nocturna website to view other works by this occult image maker.