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wax on canvas
Unfolding Solids, 2000
36" x 84"
The aim of this work is to link physics and spiritual
experience as, for both, solid matter is made up of vibrating subatomic
particles. The theory of unfolding geometric solid forms is used in
physics to understand the bonding of subatomic particles. The practice
of the eight fold noble path in Buddhism provides us with a way to observe
our physical body as a subtle entity then sensations.
I have chosen the unfolding structures of molecular solid
forms to represent the functioning of the subatomic particles. Color
and signs are used to portray the perpetual state of change of the subatomic
particles. The color red in translucent wax emphasizes flow and the
mathematical symbols for addition and subtraction are used as references
To introduce the notion of non-audible vibrational properties
of subatomic particles, I have applied a listening technique. This technique
is based on the principle of raga in Indian classical music. Pitch in
the Indian musical system, not being absolute, can be used to describe
any aspect of Reality. The combinations of notes are arranged in scales,
in an aesthetic way and are given certain names. These scales have their
own mood therefore they are characterized with emotions, which may vary
according to time and season. There are seven basic scales, which I
have juxtaposed with the subatomic particles by giving the latter names
used for Indian musical notes.
Kiren Budhia was born in Ndola, Zambia, Africa of Hindu parents
and presently lives and works in Montreal, Canada. His earlier
sculptures in stone and metal explored the essence of material.
Sculpture allowed him to experience "apprenticeship".
Apprenticeship is not only a transfer of technique but also a
"guru" system of understanding physical characteristics
of all things including thoughts, feelings and perceptions. His
frequent projects in India promoted a visual awareness that enable
the exchange of sometimes conflicting ideas. One of these exchanges
is painting. His present preoccupation is the practice of meditation
and its ability to penetrate visual awareness. The mind in a state
of awareness is the predominant motivation of inspiration.
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