Earth on Canvas

Earth on Canvas

Jyoti often combines pigments, gathered from the landscape, and turmeric powder to evoke a spontaneous form of visual poetry. Using richly colored clays and pastel shades of slates, he works the earth with fingers and palm directly into the canvas. Upon this layer, Jyoti applies additional earth colors and shilajit (a tar-like substance used in ayurvedic medicine) with a brush to create calligraphic fields that animate the composition. Fluidity characterizes the artist’s style and process, which combines chance, meditation, and problem-solving.