ARTIST STATEMENT: Small Lines Exhaust Confusion
The sketchbook I carry serves as one of the vehicles of my daily practice. The point is to develop a relationship with drawing that gives manifestation to a distillation of thought. The form of the book lends itself to certain actions and reactions within the context of mark making. The development of image from one page to the next can be more than just diptych in format; a narration can occur from the front of one page to the back of another with a successive building from image to image. Therefore creating a historical context from which to derive or elaborate any given image.
My scrollwork is a manifestation of mediation performed under specific circumstances within lunar cycles of the Hindu calendar. I am enamored with the notion that the exhaustion of confusion will ultimately lead to libration or Moksha. For me small lines exhaust confusion, given that the line is a physical extension of my meditative process. Here too the form of the scroll with respect to drawing lends itself to a certain series of actions but it is less segmented than my practice with the sketchbook.
My practice is inspired by the Vedic concept of likhita japa. Japa is the repetition of a chosen or gifted mantra. Likhita is a term that refers to any rhythmically scratched, drawn, or sketched line produced in concert with a mantra. This facet of my work was developed over time while living in India.