This body of work is an inquiry in non- duality. By definition, non-duality means ‘not-two’. This does not mean that there are no opposites, but rather that these opposites are an integral part of each other. Hara is a symbol of it. It is an energy center where the act of creation comes to point zero, a point where beginning and end meet. Turmeric, Safa, turban fabric, carbon etc. are symbolically used to express the universal energy of the Hara center. In works such as Sifr (Zero) grains of turmeric are sedimented in delicate layers representing the metaphysical, while the repetitive solid forms highlight the physical world. Medium runs as a common reed through both, unifying object and its essence, real and shadow. Cones, that are part of most compositions, are made by hand by rotating matter in circular motion like a whirling dervish, a ritualistic practice common among eastern cultures. It symbolizes the concept of Sifr (Zero), a point of unison of mind and spirit. In another series What Lies Beneath, an attempt is made to inform and conceal simultaneously. The two works named Hara, portray oneness of all phenomena.
© Gunjan Kumar