The world we live in is full of incredible truths and myths. The themes and narratives of my creations come from the facts and philosophies of life. They have a relation with the spirits of Indian heritage, art, culture and socio-political issues. It is an anecdotic series each one epitomizing its own tale. All the compositions have an indeterminate and anonymous destination to conquer, every tale touches its goal but ends up with a question mark for you to ponder over the image it has placed before you. The contents are not stationary; not at rest, instead are suspended in a state of reallocation; trying to speak out something, prompting you to peep inside the windows kept deliberately open. It is an invitation to participate in the ongoing triumph and be a part of the happenings inside.
Truth is a mobile army of metaphors, metonyms and anthropomorphisms –-- a sum of human relations, which have been enhanced, transposed & embellished poetically & rhetorically, and which after long use seem firm, canonical & obligatory to us.
I present art which has bred inside me for long but just given been birth to.
“ अविनाशि तु तत् विद्धि येन सर्वम् इदम् ततम् |
विनाशम् अव्ययस्य अस्य न कश्चित् कर्तुम् अर्हति ” ||२-१७||
-श्रीमद भगवत गीता
“ That which pervades the entire body you should know to be indestructible.
No one is able to destroy that imperishable soul.
The soul is within the body, the soul is a spiritual entity. “
-Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta 2:17
The soul is never dependent on the body it just houses the body to manifest and observe itself. The body is just a vessel and a tool of manifestation for the desires of the soul.
The primary accreditation behind these artworks is the importance of the tool and apparatus for the labourers and the workmen. For them, it's not just a thing of substance rather it’s a living thing. It’s alive as they have done pran-pratishtha (a ritual where hymns and mantras are recited to invite the deity to be a resident guest) to their instruments and tools for it to be made sentient.
"Astra-Puja" which means “Worship of Instruments” is done by the warrior race where they pay tribute to all their weapons during Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami) a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. As is the reason that on the Vishvkarma-Jayanti the instruments and apparatus are worshipped. Vishwakarma Jayanti is a day of celebration for Lord Vishwakarma, a Hindu god, the divine architect. He is considered as swayambhu (self-proclaimed) and the creator of the world.
Whenever a worker uses his tools to create a non-existent thing on the material world, a transcendental connection of the living and non-living takes form. It depicts the form of life that is a mixture of techniques and spiritual augmentation. A worker working with his instruments does not perceive it as an external element, the tool itself becomes an extension and amalgamation of his own body, mind and soul. It evokes the soul of the tool thus awakens a life inside.
Taking inspiration from how the Zen masters of the TAO tradition use their instrument of music and weapon of war as an extension of their own body and how they perceive it the highest form of the meditation in the same way when a labour or a workman is working with their tools they become one and there doesn't remain any distinguishing element between the two.
I use real X-ray images taken from digital X-ray or CT scan machine and transfer it to the computer for creating artworks. If needed I draw some sketches on paper or on computer directly. After creating the artwork in the computer using graphics, X-ray images, texture and hand-drawn sketches. For final results, I print it on a relevant medium like paper, canvas, transparent films etc. After printing if needed I rework on it using painting with oil, acrylic colours, pasting artificial leather, Original recycled leather, waste or scrap leather, PU, PVC glue, stitching, UV spray, etc. In some artworks, I also use paper emboss technics and wood carving by hand.
The series further captures that very essence of life where the art form portrays the inner strata of various tools and how it has become a part of the beholder and how the connection between them rouses the life inside the tool. It shows the instruments and the weapons of work becomes a part of his own body and depicts how there are boundless and eternal connection between the beholder and his tool.