33 Sculptures, 1988 – Joshua Tree National Park, California
Between 1985 and 1988, Jyoti carved thirty redwood fence posts, measuring four, six, and eight-feet-high, and three pieces of basswood lumber of matching heights. He envisioned an installation, titled 33 Sculptures, sited in the landscape as a community of charismatic “beings.” Joshua Tree National Park, Jyoti’s favorite destination for exploring, was selected for its uniquely shaped boulders and otherworldly plant forms that would contrast with the organic essence of the wood.
Jyoti carved and laboriously hand-sanded each piece to reveal the unique personalities of his totemic sculptures. His process unveils smooth, sensual surfaces and the abstract patterns of tree rings. Strategically excavating circular openings in the wood, Jyoti imbues his work with an ethereal quality. When sited in the landscape and bathed in the desert light, this forest of sculptures, appears to dramatically grow out of nature.
33 Sculptures was also exhibited at the DA Gallery, Pomona, CA and at the Claremont Graduate University courtyard in 1989.