Earth Drawing to Digital Prints
John and June Allcott Gallery
Hanes Art Center
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
March 5 - 29, 2001
this installation, Jyoti Duwadi presents two different approaches to making art
-- earth drawings, with roots in an ancient creative process, and digital art, a
new medium in its early stages of evolution. These two bodies of work are woven
together to express the spiritual interactions between nature and culture.
The artist transforms the gallery into a meditative space that includes
sculptures integrating color, texture and sound.
Jyoti collects earth from North Carolina, California and Kathmandu and uses his fingers and palms to rub delicate shades of color into the natural fibers of hand-made Nepali paper. The beauty and richness of the land is given a new nuance and context for rediscovery within the gallery space.
To create digital prints, earth drawings are scanned directly into the computer and transformed using Adobe Photoshop filters. The original drawing becomes more textured and complex through the digital process. Jyoti's experimentation with electronic media also includes WebMotions that can be viewed in his Animations page. They capture consecutive moments of creative energy that deepen an understanding of the artist and his work.
The imagery of Tantric art in both earth drawings and digital prints reflects the influence of Jyoti's Nepali heritage, where art and ritual are part of daily life. The symbolism of his abstract forms express a spiritual dimension that is universal to all cultures. For Jyoti, earth and the computer, two seemingly incongruous elements, enable him to interpret this compelling aspect of the human experience.