Good To Know: Stretched canvas on wooden frame, CoA (Certificate of Authenticity) issued by the artist, condition report available upon request.
The Nautilus is the oldest living fossil, having stayed consistent in form without evolving throughout the millennia.
Our existence is based on our interdependence and interconnectedness with the world we live in, our immediate surroundings, network of friends and family and ultimately the universe. The focus of my paintings is based on finding the harmony and common features between people of various cultures and races. Our DNA and our galaxy both follow a spiral form like the Nautilus and is the form I have used to suggest this.
The spiral is a form seen in all aspects of life from the unfurling of a leaf bringing forth new life to the unwinding of a spool of thread unraveling of the mysteries of life.
The paintings are based on the concept of the Fibonacci spiral and the Yin and Yang of geometry. They are divided by a single continuous line starting and ending at the same point, dividing the canvas in two equal sections representing male and female, creating an illusion of a complex set of patterns, a mandala.
I have translated the double helix in the human DNA into a series of arrows representing interconnectedness. The paintings consist of just a single shape that may be seen as a double helix. The gradation on the surface from white to gray / beige / black creates the illusion of an ascending helix. However, you may trace four sets of spirals - one set of raised spiraling arrows radiate outwards and one set of raised spiraling arrows radiate inwards. Similarly, one set of depressed spiraling arrows radiate outwards and one set of depressed spiraling arrows radiate inwards.
As a representation of racial harmony and interaction I decided to conceptualize my creation around the mandala, the interaction of light and dark or white and black to create an infinite range of possibilities.
Years of studying global architectural forms and buildings has helped me to simplify this idea of complimentary and interdependent spaces and hence visualize the use of a depressed area and a raised area of the Yin and Yang. The raised arrows interact with the depressed space and the depressed arrows interact with the raised space. The spiral is a Fibonacci sequence.
~ Lakshmi Mohanbabu
About Lakshmi Mohanbabu
Singaporean, b. 1968, Trivandrum, Kerala, India, based in Singapore