Seeing what it looks like.
I will be designing the handle myself, but am just using this mock-up handle, just to see what the Khanda would potentially look like.
Making my own Khanda.
A symbolic art one.
The actual making of the sword is empowering in itself. I felt very connected to the symbolic and historical references the Khanda has and felt a strange sense of strength.
Image by Leonardo Da Vinci.
My meeting and supervisions have been going really well. I am moving in the right direction and my work is becoming more focused and my RD1 has taking shape. I have been asked by one of my supervisors on 19th of March, what artists I am inspired by in terms of sculpture.
This question really got me thinking. As my work has shifted to a more figurative style, at the moment I don’t really know who really inspires me apart from Leonardo Da Vinci. His drawings, paintings and sculpture are just incredible. I have become fascinated with his images of embryos.
I guess as I have grown with my work, what inspires me has changed, although Da Vinci has always been a favorite of mine. A lot of other artist in the past that have inspired me have been:
Chila Kumari Burman
To name a few. But something seems to have quietly shifted as I am drawn back to things that once inspired me in my younger years. I once a gain fee drawn to the Old Masters. That sense of awe in the magnificence of combining traditional skills of drawing and sculpting with a concept.
Sometimes one has to really listen to oneself. Its been an interesting few weeks and I have realised that doing weave is really not the best possible route for this MA. My true skills lay in conceptual sculpture. I have always been good at using my hands. From a very young age I did pottery and had my first exhibition at 16 in Germany. At BA level, I was drawn to conceptual-sculpture. The freedom of expression was key here. Although sometimes the sculptures I created were weird, but they also were intriguing and allowed me to connect with the more imaginative and freer sides of my psyche. The side not bound by conditioning or inhibition, cultural norms or responsibility. After years of trying to ignore this pull, it has found me once again.
‘The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves’
(Carl. G. Jung, in The Artists Way: J. Cameron, 1995)
Creativity, for me involves play. Playing with ideas, images and concepts. Play allows for the imagination to open up and ideas flood in. Here I have used the image of Bibi Susheel Kaur, just as a Sikh women, at one with nature meditating on Waheguru. The background of this image is a drawing from a series I did about the seasons.