Another Reason

Another Reason

Archival pen on paper, Artist’s Book, Sound

Dimensions of drawing: 23” x 17.5”

2015-’16


The drawing incorporates random detailed shapes creating six layers of drawing, growing to succumb the whole page and drawing it completely black by the last layer. The process takes an organic circular course. The stages are documented through more than forty photographs over a period of one year and printed in a book which is displayed with the drawing.

Final drawing:02. Sonam_Another Reason_Pen on paper_23” x 17.5”_2015-2016

Stages of the drawing:05. Sonam_Another Reason_Pen on paper_23” x 17.5”_2015-2016_stages of drawing

06. Sonam_Another Reason_Pen on paper_23” x 17.5”_2015-2016_stages of drawing

07. Sonam_Another Reason_Pen on paper_23” x 17.5”_2015-2016_stages of drawing

08. Sonam_Another Reason_Pen on paper_23” x 17.5”_2015-2016_stages of drawing

09. Sonam_Another Reason_Pen on paper_23” x 17.5”_2015-2016_stages of drawing

010. Sonam_Another Reason_Pen on paper_23” x 17.5”_2015-2016_stages of drawing

011. Sonam_Another Reason_Pen on paper_23” x 17.5”_2015-2016_stages of drawing

The irony of putting so much time and efforts only to draw the page black, and yet documenting every stage to preserve it in a book, is the proud failure of futility. The process shows the pointlessness and absurdity to find meaning in everything, but not find any. Even making this point, by making this extensively time and energy consuming work for a whole year, is pointless. The pointlessness of doing something and doing it consciously makes it wittier, because we keep finding purposes; to be free from this tendency is the gravitation of this obsessive drawing.  It is absurd, the desire to preserve, but alongside being aware of the meaninglessness of the very action. Never ceasing to create, and never fearing from the inevitability of losing the creation.

Another element in the drawing is the continuous construction and deconstruction. It is constructed to such an extreme that it deconstructs the construction itself. Its like finding meaning everywhere and in every action, so much that the basic meaning of your own being is lost in that tangle of extremities.

Detail:012. Sonam_Another Reason_Pen on paper_23” x 17.5”_2015-2016_detail

 

Display at Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Noida, India:01. Sonam_Another Reason_Pen on paper_23” x 17.5”_2015-2016_display

03. Sonam_Another Reason_Pen on paper_23” x 17.5”_2015-2016_book with photos of the stages

04. Sonam_Another Reason_Pen on paper_23” x 17.5”_2015-2016_book with photos of the stages

 

The drawing is accompanied by a sound, installed at a distance from the drawing. It is the recording of the drawing process: