Saturday, November 20, 2010

Without Borders


 Since the beginning of this year, I have been working on and off on creating artwork based on South Asian literature. Early in the year, I did this piece on Shakuntalam, Kalidasa's classical love story. This new piece, Without Borders, inspired by Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake, is very post-modern. I was trying to respond to Melange team's November challenge "Home" and the idea came when I spent one whole Saturday morning hunting for documents to apply for Indian visa. I felt much like Ashima, a borderless nomad, straddling a 10,000 miles wide Asian Indian boat. The power of Lahiri's book lies in the fact that global themes of dislocation, loss, and the longing for roots are explored inside the particulars of one Bengali woman's immigrant experience. This point was most poignantly brought to me when my Brazilian born aerobic instructor asked me if I had read the book. Ashima, derived from the sanskrit word asima, means "without boundaries". The book may have well been about Miguela, Ivana, Habiba or even one Indira.


4 comments:

  1. This is lovely! It beautifully evokes a sense of travel and of culture which is transported beyond borders.

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  2. Beautiful art that embraces your thoughts and experiences! Thank you for sharing that background with us.

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  3. I love this blog, and your "Without Borders" art is beautiful. For some reason, reading about it reminded me of Doctors without borders.

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  4. Lovely art and thought behind it...Indira, you would be interested in this huge project of Women Beyond Borders which is waiting for a final home at this time after traveling the world for years:

    http://womenbeyondborders.org/

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