The Fuschia Tree
Editor's Note.
You're born, gurgling and pink, bright white light in your eyes for the first time. Beyond the blinds are trees, moving in the wind, lime green and lush. And there's a sky--it rained as you entered--that is spotless except for a mustache of cloud in the corner. You grow up with nature, a kind of raw material for habit. When you move, you act, you transform from one state to another, creating. You create by walking, by waking up and going to sleep. You make, from nature, art.
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By Himali Singh Soin, Issue 23, Wonder: Between Nature and Art.
To make a statue, in all its likeness to the human and animal kingdom, is to set life in stone. When Ismael Sanz-Pena, an animation artist from Spain, traveled to the far reaches of the globe, he sought to find kinesis in stasis, to find the present in history. His sequence of images are 30 or so seconds of pure pleasure: the ancient and the antique are made to dance like there is no tomorrow. Compiled at The Louvre in Paris and The National Museum in Delhi, respectively, they elicit surprise, then laughter, and much later, an eerie sense of the absurd universe of nature and man's imperative to mimic it, as art.  

In this Musical Mixtape, we imagine what these sculptures might be dancing to, picking up cues from Ismael's statement that "The museums were great places to take photographs because they provide a limited environment". And thus have we selected two limited musical genres, relevant to present day Paris and Delhi. The differences are subtle, and we urge you to delve in each piece with a unique ear.

Also in this issue

  • Looking at an image of someone looking at another image: it’s enough to make Roland Barthes do a double take. He wrote of photography as “mimicry”, and not the truest representation of humans...
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  • Bathtubs, discarded doors, fake fur and a didgeridoo made from tree branches and a PVC pipe all weave their way through Rahal's art, trailing behind them their personal histories to create a rich and complex...
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  • It is said that we are nothing more than the sum of all our experiences. We are made of atoms and molecules and equal measures of wonder and love. As children, we stared wide-eyed at the world around us. Tales of magic and adventure enthrall us, just as ladybugs and shooting stars and faces in the windows did.
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Illusion: Seeing Beyond Seeing
Meaning: In Search of Significance.
Melody: A Different Tune
Rhythm: Ordering Time

Dhrupadi Ghosh is an old friend of mine. We have often had long sessions of adda late at night, discussing her dream projects since her college days at Santiniketan, where she majored in Sculpture.