Masa Rasa Studios was created to showcase and share the painting, sculptural, and multimedia work of artist James Nichols. In much of his work, Nichols uses Maize as a visual symbol for Consciousness, fully embodied in the art environment entitled Cornfield - An Artstory.
About Maize: Also known as corn, Maize is a hybrid plant of mysterious origin appearing thousands of years ago in Mesoamerica. Maize is sacred to many native cultures, a vehicle of Divine Consciousness. It is the only grain in nature that cannot propagate itself - Maize must be cultivated and planted by hand. This makes Maize a symbol that can stand with roots in two worlds: that of the natural, biological world, and that of the world of human ‘doing’ - the world of culture, the world of art and myth.
Story: The story of Masa Rasa Studios is also in it's nature a hybrid. It combines two streams of inspiration, one celebrating individual vision and craft, and the other representing That which is the source of all creativity. They are in truth one story, an Artstory, and merge to create a river that nourishes the Cornfield within and without.
About the name: ‘Masa’ is the Spanish word for 'dough,' commonly made in the Americas from Maize, or corn. It is a grinding staple of life, a nourishing food at the root of the American diet for untold generations. ‘Rasa’ is the Sanskrit word for the 'nectar' of life, the ambrosial essence of artistic and aesthetic experience, the sweetness in the corn. Masa Rasa is both food and nectar for the spirit, ground to life through a harmonious blend of effort and grace, spiced with uncertainty, and sweetened with love.
Masa Rasa is not affiliated with any particular philosophy, religion, spiritual group, farming cooperative, or boating club . . . and is instead focused on the Consciousness we share. With the inspiration and help of Ganapati Levine, a collection of bronze statues has been created in order to share their mutual experience of the spiritual landscape of India, the wonders of the Gurus, and the experience of Divine Consciousness. Please enjoy.
Apotheosis of the Corn Goddess oil on linen 84"H x 60"W