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An ex­quis­ite fu­sion be­tween na­ture and art that gives you ma­jor goals to re­vamp your house

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Fu­sion be­tween na­ture and art

In last month’s is­sue, I wrote on how art in the form of sculp­tures and new age in­stal­la­tions can be set up in na­ture and seam­lessly in­te­grate with the nat­u­ral out­door en­vi­ron­ment. I knew I’d be get­ting a lot of mails for a DIY of the ex­act op­po­site and I did! This ar­ti­cle there­fore, was planned pretty much as a se­quel. You don’t have to be a den­drophile to want to do that (in­ci­den­tally mean­ing a lover of trees and hon­estly, I wasn’t aware of this term un­til a very dear friend pro­claimed he was one- and it sounded just fash­ion­able if you ask me!). Af­ter all, you’re not tak­ing trees, just a feel­ing of na­ture, in­doors!

For cen­turies, artists across the world have been fas­ci­nated by na­ture’s sub­lime beauty. Ro­man­ti­cism, an en­tire move­ment in the arts in the first half of the nine­teenth cen­tury in Europe, em­pha­sized in­tense emo­tion ex­pe­ri­enced es­pe­cially when con­fronting the new aes­thetic cat­e­gories of the sub­lim­ity and beauty of na­ture among other things. The Ja­panese, in fact have a word for it - yu­gen, it is a word that de­scribes the feel­ing when na­ture is in­de­scrib­able. It refers to the aware­ness that the uni­verse is so pro­found that the emo­tions we feel when we try to con­tem­plate it are too deep and mys­te­ri­ous to con­vey. In In­dian aes­thet­ics of course, na­ture is per­son­i­fied as Prakriti or the

fe­male en­ergy or Shakti as a con­sort of Shiva. It is the union of Prakriti and Pu­rusha that is the cause of life and the world. In our fast de­te­ri­o­rat­ing nat­u­ral en­vi­rons, a love for na­ture in all its forms is, need­less to say ur­gently needed.

Na­ture is the ever chang­ing, ob­serv­able phys­i­cal world. Yet, as the philoso­pher Im­manuel Kant put it, we know noth­ing cer­tain about it ex­cept that it ex­ists. Our de­tailed knowl­edge about its ap­pear­ance and phe­nom­ena is based on the sen­sa­tions we have of it. As we per­ceive it with our senses, what we make of it is al­tered by this very act of see­ing. The artis­tic in­ten­tion to cre­ate art even in the like­ness of the ex­ter­nal world is thus, a process of de­lib­er­a­tion. What­ever the ob­ject is or was, we do not know, as this very act has trans­formed it into an idea. So, what we re­ally have is an idea of what it could be.

Along this idea of sub­jec­tivism, I re­cently opened a new show at Art Cen­trix Space ti­tled, Na­ture | De­lib­er­ated. It delves into the mak­ing of art as a cul­mi­na­tion of ideation, a dis­till­ing if you will, of ru­mi­na­tion on the ob­served world. It is as much an ex­plo­ration of a plethora of ideas through a large col­lec­tion of works as it is a show of the abun­dance of na­ture. Ex­hib­ited are the works of In­dian artists based within the coun­try or abroad and of a few for­eign artists set­tled in In­dia. I co­in­cided this show with the time of re­newal of na­ture. Typ­i­cally, mon­soon sea­son is con­sid­ered the high point of na­ture in all its glory in In­dia but I think early to mid-sum­mer is truly the time of re­gen­er­a­tion when af­ter some six weeks of shed­ding of leaves, (I know be­cause my maalis do noth­ing but sweep the gar­dens at that time!) when the peepal, neem and so many oth­ers come alive with red­dish to flu­o­res­cent green baby leaves.

So, this time I am not show­ing you how you can take your love for na­ture in­doors – I’m just show­ing you art through images of the works here that takes na­ture se­ri­ously so that you could take that in­doors.

Un­ti­tled by San­tanu Dey Un­ti­tled by Pappu Bard­han

Smok­ers Learner by Raju Baraiya

The Spar­row by Man­isha Chan­del

Un­ti­tled by Priyanka Ae­lay

Throw It All Away by Mithun Das

Para­noid Eyes VII by Mithun Das

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