LALITHA // THUS SHALL YE THINK OF ALL THIS FLEETING WORLD, A STAR AT DAWN, A BUBBLE IN THE STREAM, A FLASH OF LIGHTENING IN A SUMMER CLOUD, A FLICKERING LAMP // SIDDHARTHA ART GALLERY // KATHMANDU // NEPAL // 2014
Conceptually connected to Sayapatri -100 Layers, Lalitha focuses on the life-giving force of the Red Goddess. Lalitha means “She Who Plays”. All creation, manifestation and dissolution. The title itself is a play on words as the artist appears to play with the vibration of the materials simply filling the space, in order to offer homage to Lalitha Tripurasundari, the Red Goddess. Again the artwork brings to light the materials of ceremony and ritual as the entire space becomes a site specific installation aesthetically referencing a ‘puja’. In particular, materials associated to Lalitha Tripurasundari; scent (earth), incense (air), flame (fire), water, and flowers (aether) tinged with red, in their basic forms represents the five impressions. The complete blanketing of the space is a conceptual rendering of maintenance as an intermediate state between the two polarities. When she, Lalitha, is worshipped as “creatrix”, the order is from the centre to the perimeter. As “dissolver”, the puja is conducted from the perimeter to the centre.
Dear One, Tripura is the ultimate, primordial Shakti, the light of manifestation. She, the pile of letters of the alphabet, gave birth to the three worlds. At dissolution, She is the abode of all tattvas, still remaining Herself - Vamakeshvaratantra