• Manju Sadarangani

Crossing The Boundary

Updated: Feb 10

Aad

आड़

24" x 24"

Acrylic & Gold Leaf on Canvas






Aad is wall, boundary, barricade, but it can also mean protection, cover, or concealment, occlusion.

I worked on this piece Summer 2020 and I found myself gazing at it this morning. Given where we are today, our thirst for clarity as we feel adrift in a fractured world seems apt.




I know, deep in my heart, that I am the other, and the other is me. Humme hum, tumhi tum. I know that the walls and divisions are historic, created, man-made, illusions and yet the barriers can seem so daunting. The deeper I go in my Kundalini practice, the more I go within, I sense that I am one with the other, part of something unified. And yet, there are moments I feel divided, stagnated, unheard, unheeded. I still cannot claim to understand, and do not feel understood.

I usually pepper my canvases with three-dimensional texture and COLOR. This painting eschewed that texture, that exuberant color. The simmering is reflective of where we are - unclear, halted, paused.



I remain stridently curious, not willing to disengage. I am devoted to understanding, deep in my bones. Because I cannot love without knowing deep in my cells.

I look on both sides of this barricade, wondering if either side recognizes that the other is them. We are in this together.




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