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Anusmaran VI

Updated: Feb 1, 2023

Anusmaran VI

अनुस्मरण VI

6" x 6”

Mixed Media on Canvas

December 2022

Price $71

This series of miniatures is a meditation on memory.

This is piece is an homage to gratitude. I have taken memory for granted, thinking of mine as a static treasure trove I could mine at anytime. Others have seen my intense memory as a curse, tied to an inability to forgive, to let go. As my own memory shifts, I find myself straddling both worlds. I am shaken by the movement of stable memories, the glaring sense of my mind’s fallibility. And yet, I am grateful for the shift in perspective.

In this piece, I played with motif, a recurring theme in my work. I remain fascinated in the deep symbolism of the lotus, the national flower of India, the Hindu/Buddhist symbol of purity, self-regeneration, enlightenment, growth, rebirth. The bloom of the lotus is an analogy of the human condition – submerged in the murkiest waters, the lotus produces a flower of unparalleled beauty. The movement and texture in this series indicates a loss of control, a lack of statis, and the necessary discomfort on the road to realization.

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