Our identity defines us as individual or group and provides a purpose for meaningful existence. It is purely psychological and based on self-esteem. Due to the wave like nature of this expressed world, the identity creates dichotomy between the inner and outer worlds. While it provides an emotional security, it also causes rift in the external world, thus derailing the stability and inner peace. This contradiction is at the root of all the problems, in the individual as well as collective lives. Exploitation, conflicts, war, environmental crisis etc. are the consequence of consolidating and protecting our identities, thus pushing our existence itself to the brink. The sculpture, “Roots - The search for identity”, is my way of analyzing and synthesizing the knotty subject of identity. The tree is used as a metaphor of any individual/group. The visible portion above the soil forms the physical identity like appearance, financial status etc. The roots represent the concealed identity that is purely based on certain idea or a belief system. Like the stability of the tree depends upon the depth of its roots. Similarly, the stability of any individual/group depends upon the depth of their belief system. Undoubtedly, connecting or clinging to something temporal will easily shake the foundation of our existence. So, only an idea that is boundless can quench the thirst of human mind and provide stability and peace in individual as well as collective lives. In order to comprehend that boundless in the world of forms, in this artwork, I have attempted to establish the link between finite and infinite. I love the way, though unintentionally; the roots morph into the shape of a seed, which led me to the profound idea that everything has emanated from the Cosmic Seed, the Pure Being. And that Pure Being has metamorphosed itself into the tree of life, concealing itself in our existential ‘I’ feeling. So, how deep is your root?
Human want is infinite, anything finite cannot quench its thirst. Hence, consciously or unconsciously, we seek something transcendental, something beyond the world of senses.
This quest to 'know the unknown' forms the very basis of my artistic endeavour.
Transcendental experiences have led me to the realisation that the crisis in the contemporary world is not really political, social or economic but actually an evolutionary crisis of humanity as a whole. Therefore, the need of the hour is to initiate the dialogue between the outer and the inner realms/worlds.
In order to achieve this daunting task, I experiment with the science of aesthetics to establish the link between finite and infinite, in the realm of the idea as well as form.
Hence my works are imbued with exoteric yet esoteric sensibilities that seamlessly link ephemeral to eternal.
Obscure questions like the purpose of life, truth about existence propelled my mind towards the ideas for my artistic expression. Hence, my work encompasses every aspect of universal existence - science, philosophy, history, social, cultural, mysticism etc.
To me, art is a joyful expression of the human soul. I wish to create visual poetry that touches the core of the human heart. Through my works, I want to expand the mental wavelength of people so they can extend bliss.
I do not want to limit myself to any specific medium or style, lest the free expression be hindered. For me the medium of creation must be as malleable as possible to give form to my creativity. The final material of execution is immaterial as long as the form does its job of evoking sense of freedom and bliss.