Bardo Garden is a workshop, the collective space of creativity of artist Linda Eva Abraham. Linda creates spiritual and decorative artworks alike that are available for sale. She is also taking commissions.

The word ‘Bardo’ is a Tibetan phrase, a concept of a liminal state between death and rebirth, an in-between situation. For Linda’s initiative, Bardo means the conscious transition of any materials to new and higher sacred forms. It can happen in manifold ways, just as life found in a garden that provides space for manifestations of life in all its forms.

A piece of timber turns to the visual representation of Buddha or an old piece of furniture shifts functionally and aesthetically to a sacred object. Bardo Garden is the space of transformation.

Linda studied traditional Hungarian woodcarving from the age of 19 and has developed an interest in archaic cultures including their religions, life, art and craftsmanship. She taught different traditional craft and art technics at Millenaris Centre, one of the biggest cultural institute in Budapest. Meanwhile Linda became the personal assistant of the well-known print maker, Arnold Gross.

Seeking to connect with traditional spiritual systems she discovered the teachings of Buddha and soon after she enrolled in the Dharma Gate Buddhist College in Budapest. She studied Tibetan language, philosophy and culture.

Her long-term dream manifested in practice when under the guidance of Andy Weber she started to learn Buddhist art and her interest in Buddhist iconography finally shared a common path with her fine wood carving skills. From 2019 Linda started to create a new collection of decorative artworks: pendants and other jewellery.

She uses Tasmanian timber (myrtle, houn pine and other rare species) but also fruit trees (apple, cherry, plum, pear, almond, walnut, linden) for her artworks:. All of her works’ creation follows the traditional way: measuring up a grid, then hand-drawing the motives, transforming the drawings to the timber panel, carving with chisels and knifes and finally finish them with wood stain and natural orange oil. Each of her works has its uniqueness.

Geshe Tenzin Zopa said about Linda’s Buddhist carvings: “Linda’s artwork is unique in its beauty and in the level of its details. The beauty of her artwork is two fold: it shows the natural beauty of the Tasmanian timber and above that it bears the beauty and perfection of the holy image of Buddha. To see them, touch them or have them is of great benefit.”

Linda is a Hungarian artist and she lives in Hobart, Tasmania with her husband and two children.

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