First KissBy Tushar Waghela
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C-Print, Still image
Dimensions: 2314px (H) x 2315px (W)
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This artwork is from my soul series
About the Soul series-
The soul is never dependent on the body it just houses the body to manifest and observe itself. The body is just a vessel and a tool of manifestation for the desires of the soul.
The primary accreditation behind these artworks is the importance of the tool and apparatus for the labourers and the workmen. For them, it's not just a thing of substance rather it’s a living thing. It’s alive as they have done pran-pratishtha (a ritual where hymns and mantras are recited to invite the deity to be a resident guest) to their instruments and tools for it to be made sentient.
"Astra-Puja" which means “Worship of Instruments” is done by the warrior race where they pay tribute to all their weapons during Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami) a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. As is the reason that on the Vishvkarma-Jayanti the instruments and apparatus are worshipped. Vishwakarma Jayanti is a day of celebration for Lord Vishwakarma, a Hindu god, the divine architect. He is considered as swayambhu (self-proclaimed) and the creator of the world.
Whenever a worker uses his tools to create a non-existent thing on the material world, a transcendental connection of the living and non-living takes form. It depicts the form of life that is a mixture of techniques and spiritual augmentation. A worker working with his instruments does not perceive it as an external element, the tool itself becomes an extension and amalgamation of his own body, mind and soul. It evokes the soul of the tool thus awakens a life inside.
Taking inspiration from how the Zen masters of the TAO tradition use their instrument of music and weapon of war as an extension of their own body and how they perceive it the highest form of the meditation in the same way when a labour or a workman is working with their tools they become one and there doesn't remain any distinguishing element between the two.
The series further captures that very essence of life where the art form portrays the inner strata of various tools and how it has become a part of the beholder and how the connection between them rouses the life inside the tool. It shows the instruments and the weapons of work becomes a part of his own body and depicts how there are boundless and eternal connection between the beholder and his tool.
Based in: Chhattisgarh
Tushar Waghela is a visual artist and filmmaker, working in the field of contemporary art he has exhibited his video arts, paintings, experimental films in many solo and collective exhibitions worldwide.
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