bhoota, Pancha Tattva or the Five Elements that
is basis on the belief that every existing object
and living form is the composite of five elements.
I explored these through the formation of the
shabd or word Bhagavan, symbolizing as it does
Bhu-earth, gagana-space, vayu-air, agni-fire and
neer-waters. I started to paint metaphors and
images of these different elements: Earth, Space,
Air, Fire and Water.
From acid free paper I shifted to cotton silk
for the paintings. I could paint on a large scale,
the figure and forms appeared very calm and quiet,
gentle and soft on the silk surface. The linear
quality improved and the gradations in vegetable
dyes appeared highly sophisticated, like wash
paintings. I started to use gold and silver foil
extensively in this series of paintings.