Earth Drawing to Digital Prints, UNC, Chapel Hill-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.