No star, No land, No word, No Commitment 2004-2014
2004 Art Omi International Artist Residency, New York, USA
2010 Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Delhi, India
2014 Kunstmuseum Bochum, Germany
‘Non-text’ was created through hair patterns on gallery walls giving out signs of non-language, opposing the rules of grammar, diction, vocabulary and syntax…
This interactive art project was first produced during a one-month international residency at the Art Omi in New York, marked the visual beginning of a lifelong quest for a language that is beyond social, historical and cultural hierarchies.
‘Non-text’ was created through hair patterns on gallery walls giving out signs of non-language opposing the rules of grammar, diction, vocabulary and syntax. Non-Language acquired a malleability; creating a unique dialogue between script and reader.
I gave an open invitation to my audience to decipher, interpret and understand the exhibited text on their own terms. It stirred varied interpretations from the viewers’ individual subjective subconscious that brought out an assumed reading of my and their cultural identities.
The ‘non-text’ and its open-ended symbolism also meant to define important aspects of femininity and Indian ritual traditions. These hair sculptures conflated the universality of hair mobilizing a language that brought to fore multi-layered essences of the self.