The initial impulse for taking the C A M E R A O B S C U R A work to India, was a research in bold colors. Not only in terms of light and objects, but in a common sense of using colors in daily life. From Commerce to Religion, to the western mind, the indian society breathes “Kitsch”.
In order to catch a whiff, I settled in the jungles of Auroville to teach an extended Eat Cookies workshop in a high school class. This sea of green with cut in tunnels for transportation, was simply flattened by a cyclone during my second night, tumbling about 70% of all trees. Torn between shock, sadness and fascination a very positive notion prevailed; a survivors instinct.
In my work I look at the concrete world in an abstract way. Turning a situation into a landscape into a mere form of mood composition. Truth by staring.
Here I was presented a nature that completely obscured itself. Absence of orientation. Chaos and Kitsch became the theme.
Seeing all the destruction, and in turn as a result the flabbergasting beauty, the term M e l a n c h o l i a came floating around these images:
wherein the antique interpretation of melancholia combines the two functions of the thinking and the imagination, these images observe the present world and describe the relationship between things fallen in turmoil as well as evoking absent things in- and outside of the frame.
Incorporating the hole (or the edge) as part of the motive, the beyond as a blank white is a statement of such.
Thank You to Sasi Samu, Grace, Shraddhavan and Fuji Chennai
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