Sur l’onde calme et noire où dorment les étoiles La blanche Ophélia flotte comme un grand lys, Flotte très lentement, couchée en ses longs voiles… – On entend dans les bois lointains des hallalis. Voici plus de mille ans que la triste Ophélie Passe, fantôme blanc, sur le long fleuve noir Voici plus de mille ans que sa douce folie Murmure sa romance à la brise du soir Le vent baise ses seins et déploie en corolle Ses grands voiles bercés mollement par les eaux ; Les saules frissonnants pleurent sur son épaule, Sur son grand front rêveur s’inclinent les roseaux. Les nénuphars froissés soupirent autour d’elle ; Elle éveille parfois, dans un aune qui dort, Quelque nid, d’où s’échappe un petit frisson d’aile : – Un chant mystérieux tombe des astres d’or
Artwork Description The following collages were made by Rayastre during the course of several years. The original collages are transparent collages on lightboxes. All etchings are direct transfers from original 19th century books. The transfer procédé is a unique technique developed by Rayastre and involves careful washing with water and transfer to adhesive tape. There is no computer or copymachine used in this process, but is fully done by hand. These 5 prints are blow ups (30-30 cm) of the originals (10-10 cm) on a transparent plastic sheet. A unique series of 5 prints of five collages in first (and last) edition. Signed by the artist. Hardcover box with black linen and wooden dowel.
LP (180 Gram) Original Artwork by Rayastre Numbered edition of 25 ex. Signed by the Artist d’or059
Rayastre is an artist from Indonesian / Dutch / Belgian / Portuguese / English descent, active since 1987 in music, sculpture, painting, photography, collage and drawing.
His solo-work involves mainly the use of acoustic instruments and non instruments like ironand glass objects, apart from a few electronic excursions. Since a few years his work increasingly includes the use of his voice. Music and other creative work are used by the artist as direct explorations of the mind. This has lead to a rather personal form of music. During the decades the music of Rayastre has changed organically along with the artist.
His solo music work can roughly be divided in the following time periods; 1987-1992 Experimental self research. 1992-2000 Electronic music. 2002-2010 Le Souffleur period / expressionistic acoustic music. 2011-2020 Exploratory projects. 2021-current Voicework / meditative work.
His discography withholds over 130 solo titles and a list of collaborative group projects, mostly published on vinyl.
Founding member of Asra, La Poupée Vivante (with Timo van Luijk), Wendingen 1918 (with Bart de Paepe), he has further collaborated with Frédérique Bruyas, Jon Mueller among others. Rayastre is an autodidact who believes strongly art should be derived from worldly experiences and can’t be learned at school. The basis of the art lies in non knowledge, from which roads are chosen and lessons learned. Teachings came from life, alienation, dreams… Rayastre’s discography shows a high degree of DIY in the sense that he has “taught myself music along the way while opening doors within myself”, meaning that the music follows the inner excursions of the artist. He’s a full autodidact without any music education or artistic education.
Since 2017 he publishes his work via Astres d’Or.
As a visual artist, Rayastre works in the field of painting, drawing, photography, collage, sculpture and objects. He has chosen not to exhibit his visual work to the public, apart from when published together with his music. In the future this may change.
“A love for experiences which connect me to the stranger realms are at the basis of my work”
“I’m more and more interested in my ancestral background, especially my Indonesian heritage. All my spiritual connections are deeply rooted there, which is reflected on an increasing level in my work and personal life.”
“All my work is closely related / connected to my journey into myself… It’s highly autobiographical in that sense, albeit in an abstract form. The music is a direct 1:1 result of the journey, not a depiction / reflection of the journey… The truth shines through a real experience, when the truth is touched. Although the materialisation of this psychic pathway, the music, is abstract, something of the initial experience will shine through…
The music for Shambhavi Mudra Maldoror is a direct result of my daily meditational practices. It is the meditation which was the centre. Not the music… It carries at the same time all my experience as a human being and in particular a few life altering events. When one has touched the essence of being and has experienced how it is when there’s no self or even awareness… When one has experienced, yet has no memory of it because there was no Self… When one comes back slowly into the Self and finds oneself being just a tiny molecule in a wild cosmic stream of energy… The full immersion in the Para Brahma evaporates all boundaries between the Self and the Universe through it’s pure essence of bliss…” (Rayastre)
Artwork description: Hardcover box with prints, LP and a nature’s memory…
Red velvet box (size 33-33 cm) -Front of box: print of photocollage “Vajrabhairava (path to samadhi) I”, golden ribbon with bell, red cotton flowers, golden tassel (size 30-30 cm) – Inside of front box: print of collage “Vajrabhairava (path to samadhi) II” (size 30-30 cm) – Inside of backside box: print of collage “Para Brahma III” (size 20-20 cm)
Content of box: – print of collage “Para Brahma I” (size 30-30 cm)(300 grams paper) – print of photocollage “Para Brahma II” (size 30-30 cm)(300 grams paper) – a nature’s memory (dried leaves and flowers as found and preserved by the artist) – LP handcut by the artist. Hand etchings on vinyl.