Western Libraries Archives & Special Collections to host 'Jyoti Duwadi — Unbounded: Artists’ Books & Imaginary Scripts' starting Oct. 2

Western Libraries Archives & Special Collections will host a new exhibition entitled “Jyoti Duwadi — Unbounded: Artists’ Books & Imaginary Scripts.”

The exhibit opens on Oct. 2 and will be available for viewing Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed weekends and holidays) in Special Collections (Wilson 6th floor) through Dec. 8.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Transcending illusory boundaries is a central goal of the world’s great spiritual traditions. Created by Nepali-American artist and Bellingham resident Jyoti Duwadi, the works in this exhibition invite us to meditate on how everything in nature is like a word or phrase in a much larger narrative – an endless story that binds us all together.

Born into a family of poets and writers, Jyoti moved from Nepal to the United States and earned a doctorate in political science. Afterwards, he turned to art as a way of addressing social and environmental issues. Much of his work is inspired by Sadhana, an Eastern form of meditation. While Jyoti’s art traces a personal journey, it also calls attention to both nature’s beauty and the precarious relationship between humans and the environment. What guides his art is the belief in the potential of creativity to catalyze positive change.

The exhibit in Special Collections complements another at WWU on display in the Western Gallery. “Jyoti Duwadi – Himalaya to Cascadia – Transcending Boundaries – Artworks 1973-2023,” opens on Sept. 27 and runs through Dec. 9. More information on the exhibition can be found on the Western Gallery’s website.

For more information about the Special Collections exhibit, please contact Michael Taylor, Special Collections Librarian, at taylo213@wwu.edu, (360) 650-3097