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NONE OF THE LIFE COULD DEVELOP ON THIS PLANET, IF EVEN
ONE OF THE ELEMENTS WAS MISSING.
The EARTH, FIRE, WATER, AIR and SPACE together make
what we know as the world around us.
Throughout history, many people have pondered upon the
basic elements to have an understanding of life. Man has always when awed
by the force and potency of these elements; and have even worshiped these
elements as gods.
In the scientific age, man has tried to explore and
understand the very nature of these elements and their importance in our
It has also inspired many artists to create works of
art. The American flute player Paul Horn, in his album 'INSIDE II' has
given a good feeling of the elements.
For me the real search is not ‘what we see, feel
and know directly’ but is beyond what we know, the UNKNOWN. The
UNKNOWN is real mystery and challenge for me despite the fact that certain
mysteries are UNKNOWABLE. (Read my thoughts on UKNOWN & the UNKNOWABLE)
Let me deal here what roles these elements have
played in my work till now. Top
As we know that every material object, living and inert
we see on this planet comes from the earth and goes back.
short poem in this context)
I have borrowed clay, wood, stone and metal for work early work
from the mother earth to express early passions, dreams and thoughts.
But real magic came when used dark grey (almost black) slate with
candle, when the dark slate became some thing else, a mysterious
container that held the light within it. Top
You need to experience the absolute darkness to understand
the beauty of fire. One is not surprised when one realizes that most religious
ceremonies are not considered complete there is fire present in one form
or the other. Today, we light a candle to witness our special meals, to
express our reverence to the sanctity of the place.
In 1983 a residency with British Gas provided me the
opportunity of using fire as a material in my work, first in conjunction
with sand and then with stone. That was followed by using candles set
in chunks of dark slate, or floated on water and in other creative situations.
In 1990, during my visit to Sao Paulo, Brazil, I used
5000 candles in an installation in Parc Ibrapura, to express my concern
for the half a million homeless children on the streets of Sao Paulo.
That was followed by my installations using slate and
candles and the silence in a roofless Buildwas Abbey in Shropshire
to create the magic. Top
Source of life, and essential to maintain life has also a force
to destroy everything on its way, when flows uncontrolled.
Water’s inherent qualities – liquidity,
transparency and reflective surface are just the known ones; for me real
mystery is beyond the known when you look into is a deep well or deep
lake. The serenity of its presence is something beyond words.
I have not had the chance to explore these mysteries
except I have used it volume to float candles in 2 installations,
one in St Louis and other one in Sao Paolo, Brazil. In these installations,
what I experienced was the mystery of the deep water is combined
with the darkness of the night. Floating lit candles created a sense
of magic and contemplation. Top
Air is no doubt the most important element for
sustaining life, I did not have the chance to contemplate on this
element, though every morning summer or winter, I walk to the park
across the road to feel the cold breeze on my body to regenerate
my energy for the day. In my work, it has played a part only when
I was making kinetic sculptures in aluminum. Hopefully I shall come
back to this element later, when life gives me the time to contemplate
on it. . Top
There are other elements are more abstract and as result not many
people talk about them. For me these are as important as life giving
elements. Let's say that five elements, most people are aware of,
are important for creation and sustaining life on this planet, but
other abstract elements are equally important in understanding life.
For the last few years, my work has been focused
in exploring THE DARKNESS, THE SILENCE and THE LIMITLESS, using
paper, photography and installations. Top
Space is an element that is everywhere at the
same time you can't describe it, you can't touch it nor you can
say put a limit on it. It is all the qualities those are normally
ascribed to God. Continue
The importance of natural elements becomes more
pronounced when one is growing up in village at a time without electricity.
“The darkness of the village night used to be so dense that
one had to almost wade through it. In such still darkness small
fires or light from earthenware lamps became magical. This unique
experience is inconceivable in modern times, when skies are permanently
lit by the light-pollution from towns and cities. Continue
The scientists believe that universe was created
with a 'Big Bang', but have no evidence to prove their statements,
It is not only that can not find the answer to what created this
'Big Bang' but why this universe was created is a question beyond
As an artist, I use my INTUITION to imagine to
answer these questions. Continue