It brings together mythology with spirituality, and Vedic history with Buddhism. The deep reds appear to have a dialogue with the muted fawns in Sampa Sircar Das’s solo “Confluence of Consciousness” at Kumar Gallery. “The forms, images and iconic symbols play around in my canvas to weave a story of their own and remind us of this power where negative and positive coexist, but it is left to us to harness what we can,” says the artist.
Das attributes the 22 canvases to her own quest for peace. “It is an inward journey. I often ask the question ‘Who am I?’ How we understand the self is how we understand the universe, and how we understand the universe determines how we relate to it, what we do about it, and how we combust our lives within it,” says the MFA from Delhi College of Art.
She explored different quarters, from cave paintings in Ladakh to Vedic maxims. A Buddha-like figure is frequent in her works, blessing his followers against a backdrop of floral patterns. Das says that she is not painting the Enlightened One. “The figure is an outcome of my interpretation of different philosophies and what I have imbibed from my travels to monasteries and reading,” she says.
The exhibition at Kumar Gallery is on till May 15. Contact: 24351113