Ouroboros VIDEO 3.36 minutes. An experiment in understanding the various ideas of immortality with a new medium, creating an amalgamation of various visual media. I have attempted to grasp the mystical laws of nature and their interpretations in different cultures and sub-cultures of the world. During this research I stumbled upon Ouroboros, a mythical, coiled self-sustaining serpent, swallowing its own tail and recreating, renewing itself. The Ouroboros is also a symbol of the creative-destructive, 'nothing-comes-from-nothing' thought system as it is out of the destruction of the old that anything new is created. Therefore the snake swallowing its tail becomes a sort of willful enactment of the process of recycling. Ouroboros represented the Wheel of Time for me - helping to manifest grid programs that give the illusion of linear time allowing souls to experience emotions, different forms and births. It represented the cyclical nature of things, eternal return, and other things perceived as cycles that begin anew as soon as they end. In some paintings I have painted the various forms (souls, births) as half light and half dark, echoing symbols such as the Yin Yang, which illustrates the dual nature of all things, but more importantly, that these opposites are not in conflict. This constant harmony of both energies has been present in my works through the presence of 'Ardhnareshwar'. The cycle of life revolves around birth, death and the eventually liberation from mortality. All forms of life depict the universal truth of continuation of life, existence and exaltation. This concept has always made me curious and I have attempted to understand it in my earlier series as well. I have tried to ponder and penetrate deep into my mind and sensed that the basic laws of nature are the same and hence all myths, which are the crux of our faith, evolve around this -law of nature universally. However it is believed that there are various yonis or species in this whole universe. A soul undergoes 84 lakh births and recycling of different forms of species before it achieves the final liberation. It is also believed that there are as many Gods and Goddesses implying that each soul is divine and a part of that complete Universal Being. Inspired by this concept, I recreated various forms of life. Bringing me back again to the same circular motion from where I started... This 4min installation film documenting the making of the whole concept of 84 different births and performed by one person expressing the continuation of the soul. For me this whole process of transformation by makeup was in itself the same as the process of Ouroboros renewing itself. It was a tiring but a reveling experience. As I had become the 'drista' or the soul from a body...watching the various transformations happening or taking place on Me, personifying the futility of the moment and the impermanence of the present body, enhancing the phrase "this too shall pass".
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