Luminous Bodies is a work of mourning and an exploration of the spiritual and historical forces that continuously vie to originate and then heal the rift between the body and the soul.
Inspired by many religious traditions of mourning, from The Tibetan Book of the Dead to Native American mourning rituals, the series of drawings is, in actuality, a spiritual journey begun by the artist a few days after the death of a loved one.
The Luminous Bodies Series consists of ninety watercolors chosen from over 200 watercolors by Melinda Camber Porter placed in six circles of “Celebration” and “Mourning.” Peter Trippi describes this as Camber Porter’s “own Cosmology” or a spiritual journey of the living and the dead with rebirths. Luminous Bodies is published in two volumes of forty-five watercolors in each.
Melinda Camber Porter on her inspiration for the Luminous Bodies Series: