Jyoti’s paintings with earth on canvas followed a natural progression from his earth drawing on Nepali paper. In 1996, after moving from New York City to Chapel Hill, he began working with red clay found along the shore of Kerr Lake. When dried, ground, and mixed (or sprayed) with gum arabic (sap from the Acacia tree), its deep tones perfectly penetrated the linen fabric.
Jyoti rubs color directly into the fabric and also applies a variety of earth pigments by brush. He introduces yellow turmeric into his palette as well as shilajit, a jet black, tar-like substance used in Ayurvedic medicine. This Himalayan material boldly animates Jyoti’s meditative and mysterious writing.