It is delightful to do things in an unplanned manner – the way I seldom do. While I was burying myself in painting for months, ‘Inward Outward’ was a gift from my friends, namely Vicky and Trevor.
Just finished in June, ‘Tao Tie’ was my protagonist in the show. In the picture, I employ the ancient Chinese motif which symbolizes imperial power in old bronze vessels, as old as in the Shang Dynasty. I put the ‘legendary beast’ in a glamorous jungle of vines, and the slander plant is a metaphor for Chinese Mainland influence. Underneath I draw several figures in postures of struggle, of despair and confusion whereas some are running towards the vines jungle. I aim at depicting the human subjectivity and anxiety of the averaged people under immense socio-political pressure.
It’s a beautiful coincidence to hold this joint exhibition with talented Indian painter Shweta Rastogi. It has been a joke between us that she was the ‘inward’ and I was the ‘outward’. But there will not be any inward contemplation if we are not living in a world out there. And if there exists no inner self, the outer world would not be perceivable too. The two cannot stand without each other.