The word Bodh means to observe and to be aware. My work revolves around this basic idea. Drawn to matter in its elemental form – as a material and reflection of self, current inquiries reflect upon the heart of creation, silent undertones that are instrumental in a physical becoming. This is where the investigations lead to non- duality, an idea that has been deliberated by eastern philosophers and modern scientists alike. In my various series since last few years the process and its outcome has stemmed out of various cultural and philosophical connotations of non dual.
Process of rendering the works is influenced by the cave paintings that I have been visiting since 2013 and related schools of art in southeast Asia. The process involves ground earth to be mixed with water and organic matter in slow rhythmic movements to form contemplative surfaces. Choice of materials and their compounding is imperative to each depiction; hence a lot of time is spent to understand their personality to ascertain their right place in the practice. Process here is the message and it carries a dimension of wonder and submission, use of ancient wisdom, creating continuity of knowledge and pleasure drawn from age-old resources.
© Gunjan Kumar