Goddess of Srimati
Kodak Labs, Rochester, New York, USA, Jan. 2003.
First, the name conjures up an image in my mind
that combines science and religion...and that is interesting...especially
in visual form. Science is fundamentally causal and deterministic, while
religion is clearly emotional and man-made. The mix always amazes me..especially
in a philosophical sense. There seemed to be varied aspects of the creation
First, as a photographer, this was almost a 1/4 shot, pretty much tightly
cropped...a head-shot of sorts.
Second, was struck me was the color...a deep red...almost like blood that
has been oxidized...a blackening...with dark greys (as far as I could
tell). This red brought to my mind linkages with life...and in a way,
with death. Red like green has multiple shades and each shade is a bit
different as per the emotions that they induce.
The eyes, with the third eye, were very curvaceous, and I like curves
in paintings. Curves provide dimension and I am big on dimension. Which
brings me to the aspect of dimensionality. The lines that you have so
drawn help elevate the subject to a position of reality, almost as if
the face stands up...wanting to emerge from the canvas.
Looking carefully, I could appreciate the reasoning behind the name you
have given..unlike the group called symbolists...who focused on emotions..so
it was very hard to understand what they really had in mind when creating.
There seemed to be a sense of sensuality in the face and in the details
which are reminiscent of the artist, that I thought I recognized..just
it is easier to paint with multiple colors (or so I think), because
color adds...compared to painting with few colors as you have done here..and
you bring out the essence...well..the essence being a mix of shapes
and almost monochromes into the creation of a Goddess from whom we humans
derive strength and solace.