"The circumference of the circle cannot be drawn without getting a center"
This line of Marathi textbooks, while in school, is still deeply engraved in memory. Introspect yourself and you will automatically experience the entire universe in God. This thought transforms the full ambit of that pattern deeply on the backdrop of our mind with proper use of both the centre and the circle. Every creation of this universe is originated from one point. The point may be the microscopic origin of the fetus, or the gigantic sun. And from the beginning of that creativity, starts a journey called life.
Whatever I did not see or seen in the journey, I got to experience it in this shape 'DOT' and that is why I came to conclusion that 'DOT' only is able to present all my observations and experiences. From onwards the journey from one 'DOT' to millions of 'DOTs' started.
DOT is one entity, it can be so visible to the eyes as little as possible or it can be so vast and limitless beyond imagination of our intellect. And one of the form of these dots is a circle ...a shape bounded and disciplined by the radius, a series of countless dots, dividing two worlds completely and still able to reach its center. This seamless shape without any angle has come in every way of life from childhood to its different manifestations and every time the curiosity of it has increased, its experience in different forms has been coming from time to time while working in my art
And every time the curiosity about it grew ever again. While working, the experience of it in different forms was useful from time to time as a supplementary to my art. I used to feel overwhelmed by the galaxies in the sky found in persons around and today the same came down on the canvas by me. My only means of presenting happiness, sorrow, experience, moments all on paper are DOTs... black, white , transparent, opaque, colorful, small, large, hollow, rigid..... of all kinds.
They get poured with the flow of ink giving visual forms and shapes to the ideas in my mind.I saw the ball, marbles in the hands of my son and unaware entered into the world of childhood . In childhood, the first and the dearest plaything for a long time later on to fall in the hands of a child is the ball. From then on, it has been a strong attachment with the round shape and has become more intensified by regular touch. After that in a school, when it started with a line, I liked the circular twirling lines by pencil over simple ones. After a short spell, I was introduced to Zero and today Zero has become the important part of life. I understood the power of Zero to slash or boost the price of anybody, and from thereon it changed my view towards Zero. I strongly thought that creation of the universe can be from Zero only. In the eyeballs, geo-planets-satellites, science-atomic molecules, wheel of history, all have found new patterns of this shape.
Of all the graphical figures in geometry, the circle came as a part of the masterpiece. It has been observed that how beautiful compositions are made from the right use of points, circles and rounds. Today the same compositions have come to my life in the form of drawings.
I felt predominantly how a dotted spot filled with paint can be so beautiful , and a different place of the 'DOT' is created in mind.
After successfully completing many such cycles of new classes, new study and finally examinations in school life, life has jumped into a new arena.
The ring of the job is like a wheel gyrating without ever stopping anywhere. As the job is in the oil industry, my favourite DOT came in life in the form of oil drop. While planning the oil wells, I realized that the size of the well, its starting and goal, its design, and its units of measurement, started to blend in with the figures in mind. In the software, when the vast majority of oil fields like 'Bombay High' are viewed from very high altitude, the view matched perfectly with the stars in the sky. A different structure of each constellation, a different extension. It was stored in mind for so many years.
All the groups of stars of the heavens and the earth started constructing constellations of thoughts and emotions in the space of mind. Thought got a new direction. New ideas emerged. These thoughts and ideas got associated with pencil and colour. Thoughts and ideas intermingled through each other in all the directions began to flush and the formation of arrays of stars started to form on paper. Such designs of constellations are an important part of my pictures.
These ideas in the form of dots spread on black paper with the help of ear buds, straws and empty bottle lids. In fact, it is wrong to say black paper in respect of my pictures. Because although the backgrounds of these pictures are still in black, black paper has not been used. On the contrary, this nature colour is formed by giving more than 15 light layers of ink in different colours, mixed with water on white paper. It was filled and spread with positivity, different stages of mind, various thoughts and a picture was completed by showing different ideas.
As soon as the treasure in mind started emptying on canvas, all the senses were eager to get alerted to absorb the experiences in the surrounding world.
It is worth mentioning here an experience once I had. Often the kitchen utensils, cups, glasses are all out in the hall if there is a child in the house. Once in the similar situation, the arrangement of these utensils attracted my attention. The beautiful design made by those glazed circles of lesser or greater diameter became a subject in my mind. When I saw the Braille script which brought knowledge in the life of those who lost their eyesight, the wheels of thought were stuck in the eyeballs. While passing through the lifecycle, overcoming the calamities coming across in a positive way, the bond of relationships and many such things gave the experiences to expand the ideas and the picture started being painted on that paper.
It is presented in such a way that the viewer will be able to see many different stories in his mind. Just like a picture of mine that might see a growing festival of moon's crescents, but the idea behind it is not only to make the moon in a different look but in every form the moon is a special stage of life.
The full moon night's moon is full and its beauty is wonderful. But the travel of lunar crescent which is to reach that position, should also be considered as beautiful. The meaning here is that if someone is not having everything or some things are incomplete today, then also life is never meaningless. That incompleteness also has the urge to show something in the form of emotions, which has also the excitement that makes the occasion beautiful in life.
Once overcoming the difficulties with continuing efforts and finding the ways to reaching happiness is instilled in blood, the same person reaches the increasing perfection like the lunar calendar. It should be true that every moment of life is really beautiful and giving something. For that one's self belief should be strong. In this way, when the rings came together to present invisible experiences with visual experiences, whatever I experienced was total spiritual satisfaction.
The mind, the complexity and hollowness in mind, the feeling of belonging, the emotion attached to relationships, the struggle in life, the moment of joy emerging from it is realized, but to present them to the world ... a thought, a revolving circle around, positive and negative thoughts and their effect. It is really difficult to convert all these into picture but making repeated changes in the impossible things definitely brings about the change and it makes impossible possible.
The journey of moments that started from the point of 'I' is the life in which everyone goes from immaturity to maturity. The colour fountain is spotted when the apparently colourless dot is broken with perpetual attempts.
Now the DOT ... the CIRCLE... the SPHERE gets a new life. A new meaning is created.
And my paintings and pictures are the visual form of such invisible feelings....and such an impossible colourless DOTS which have reached the highest pinnacle.... drenched in colour and soaked in joy, a spherical ball ... DOT to DOT.
Everyday there is a show of hundreds of crores of stars in the Nehru Planetarium at Worli in Mumbai. Now apart from that, another extraordinary show of stars is there between April 16 to April 22, in the Nehru Art Gallery, which is located not far away from Nehru Planetarium . But in the galaxy of these Dots, the eye soothing Constellations of Dots are creations with my imagination and positive thoughts, whose real realization is of course a beautiful journey from ZERO to FULL MOON.
- Rupali Thombare