In the everyday experience of the artist there is no foretelling the impetus of inspiration. Often at unlikely junctures, in slumber land or trite situations, there is a flash of lightening, lyrical illusion or poetic vision that joins the dots between past and present, projecting itself onto the future like a prophecy. The artist is soothsayer, tying different realms and layers of meaning together to make a prediction of what is to be through the art she creates. A multi-media artist, Sukanya Ghosh talks about how the visual of spilt haldi can move from dreamscape to inspiration to art. For her, what similarly aligns an artist’s vision and a soothsayer’s prediction is that its manifestation is seen only in the future. In a utopic cry for the artist and her work, Ghosh wishes that art itself be the prophet, the meaning of whose words can only be found in the future.
Perennial discontent is the determinant characteristic of human nature. Our aversion to satisfaction is what keeps us eternally curious, always searching for something more meaningful around the next corner. We peck through the unraveling entrails of our past for prophecies of the future, chase recurring motifs to root out their significance, and search for signs in the banal backdrop of everyday life.Read More
By Manjari Kaul, Issue 25, Meaning: In Search of Significance.