An exponent of contemporary Abstract Expressionism, Kavita Jaiswal has been working for over 30 years. She was recently awarded the prestigious Fellowship for Distinguished Achievements and Life time contributions in Fine Arts , Constituted By HIFA, Awarded by the Eminent Jury headed , Chairman Lalit Kala Akademi New Delhi in 2013. She is also a recipient of the National Scholarship for her work in 1985 and the National Fellowship for her work by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India from 1996-98. Kavita was awarded the Charles Wallace India Trust Award by the British Council in 2001 as Artist in residence at the Edinburgh Print Makers Scotland. In 1988 she was awarded by the All India Award at the Golden Jubilee Exhibition of the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society New Delhi. In 1986 the State Award was conferred upon her by the Sahitya Kala Parisad New Delhi. In 1985 Kavita received the All India Award by the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi.Read My Bio Read More About Me
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I feel like a time traveller walking on various tracks emerging from nexus points, allowing for travel through different time corridors
Years of observation, perception and mark making as an artist,are now coming together in my videos.The six videos running in a loop, explore the nexus between cause and effect, the notion of continuum and the no beginning and no end of all existence.Here is a coming together of images I have explored along my journey as an artist over thirty years. The moving image, sound, details from my paintings on paper and canvas, and still photographs arethe visual content for my videos.The visual being in constant motion, changesfrom moment to moment, opening up new spaces. The frames melt into one another and the painted moment frozen in time merges into its own existence giving birth to new harmonious patterns.
In the videoTime Corridor I explore the idea of continuum, a walk-in through space and time. Here, a spotlight follows marking events and impressions in existence, acting as a reminder of a journey we all have to follow, a reality that exists for all of us. Yet if we separate ourselves from this physical projection, we return to our intrinsic self where only stillness exists.
Thevideo ‘In the here and now’ speaks of the present moment being the only truth. It is born out of all that has happened in the past. As each moment melts into the next and it makes one wonder if there really is anything like the future. The more I think I begin to believe that all is in the here and now, the present moment is the only reality.
The videos ‘Womb’ and ‘Genesis’ explore the space of the womb as a place of creation, a place I often use to decipher the notion of individual existence. Infinite particles create infinite configurations here. These particles are completely dependent on each other to recreate a new whole. So, is there any existence which is not dependent? In the videos‘No beginning no end’ II and IIIthe moving images resonate the constant motion of the earth and the forward movement of time. Here time exists as a reality only in the present moment, and the motion remains in continuation without a beginning or an end. Each moment emerges from the previous as an effect of its cause, which then becomes the next cause, and the process goes on.
Infinite possibilities, infinite configurations, infinite choices; What seems like vast undulating landscapes of white and black traversed by channels of red carrying the life giving force. , for me are like a zoom in view of the larger picture in its smaller and smaller detail. Here is seen missing the act of individual existence; there is an interdependence, as none can exist without the other. All elements are a part of a whole and the whole is made of all elements. The self dissolves into other selves creating a space which is free of the burden of individual existence. Here the line too , may seem to begin to disappear , but this is not so , as the line made up of several points breaks itself down as we move closer to its intrinsic existence. So here, in this space, where the manifestation or meaning is because of the perspective from where we view the space, the beginning and the end cannot be deciphered. Thus leading us to the present moment which is the only reality, and which keeps the space full, as we move from one present moment to the next.
When reality begins to evade us, as if behind a veil; as an artist my eye catches those subtle apparently fleeting moments. Each picture appears to present a reality augmented by imagination, but as the Black Babul eternally stands by the waters, the inverted image is for real.
I live on my own by the waters…..
I look at the water and in it I see me, day and night dancing, swaying, twisting , turning , shimmering , at the beck and call of each breath of the depths, as they breathe high and low or settle into just a shiver. I live on my own by the waters. No one need protect me. My thorns might prick, but I live and let live. The Arabica gum oozes out of me with a fragrance so sweet. Many a medicines are made .The blue Kingfisher and its friends flaptheir wings and nestle into me. The winds caress my leafless branches as I bow down and serve. I am theBlack Babul.
The Keoladeo National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary ,Rajasthan
June 19th 2013
Kavita Jaiswal has titled her recent suite of works No Beginning, No End and indeed, with the labyrinth of what appears to be a mesh of nestling lines and intricate details, the artist leaves us wondering as to how she arrives successfully at a desired image, through a vision of such an assembled reality. Indeed, Kavita’s work and artistic journey is an intensely personal one that belies the need for positioning her art practice into any established canon or category. But what does Kavita really try to address in these works? What does she arrive at? What kinds of evocations and associations come to mind while engaging her imagery?
The artist is certainly not interested in the obvious, neither in the fixity of recognizable objects nor in the descriptive elements of known entities. Instead, I would contend that Kavita is inspired by the moving force in living things, primarily in the metamorphosis of nature-inspired forms as well as the vulnerability of the human body as it changes and ages. The visual image in her art making keeps developing, gradually becoming and shaping and yet holding some secrets within.
Interestingly, one finds her attentive to the silent but continual flow of life while working towards subconscious sublimations in her art making. She creates abstract forms that seem to be entwined in varied states of awakening. The interplay between her most preferred materials-ink, acrylic, conte, crayons and paper offers us this fluid imagery that captures the active transcendence between the self and the on-going situations in life.
2008:--‘Magical Kingdom’, I created 16 works for a group exhibition, each of these works were vertical, five feet in height, and as if they were tied to me by a wireless system. Each image I felt was reflecting my inner being. The question that came to my mind was, where is this energy coming from? As I retreated deep inside me, I felt it in my whole being. This was the space which I felt existed in all of us and was the ‘MagicalKingdom’.
Nothing disappears without a trace -- Life’s experiences embedded within us are like special recordings of time that capture aspects of our journey through life. Tangible events inscribe themselves, leaving behind impressions. Abstraction helps me towards an integration of thought and spirit with the beauty in our everyday lives. Each image that emerges reaches out towards a truth - an intuitive understanding of the nature of reality. Though the truth constantly evades us, as if from behind a veil which empirically we cannot cross, yet, in that moment of abandon and romance with colour, texture and tone, the image created brings it out in its nakedness. The form loosens its surface tension and bursts at its seams setting free a plethora of experiences on to the space of the paper.
Between Irony and Contemplation
(Excerpt from Kavita Jaiswal Catalogue Art Heritage 2005)
“Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot physically see with his eyes...Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an explosion into unknown areas” Arshile Gorky.
(excerpt from DusMahavidyas - Ten Creative Forces, published By Ravi Kumar, 2008)
Well, it is in some such way all good artists work. The traditional realistic manner, based on the observation of the changing appearances of nature, is felt to be inadequate. Means are thus sought to enhance the interpretation of the inspirational idea, distracting and superfluous accretions are eliminated.
No Beginning, No End
Kavita Jaiswal has titled her recent suite of works No Beginning, No End and indeed, with the labyrinth of what appears to be a mesh of nestling lines and intricate details, the artist leaves us wondering as to how she arrives successfully at a desired image, through a vision of such an assembled reality. Indeed, Kavita’s work and artistic journey is an intensely personal one that belies the need for positioning her art practice into any established canon or category.