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30 May 2020 (Updated: 31 May 2020)
Today, I suddenly had the urge to paint something that I had thought about almost two years ago. I wanted to create a painting which depicted people offering prayers to the Sun God during Sandhya Arghya (evening offerings) and Suryodaya Arghya (morning offerings) of Chatth Puja. The urge was so strong that I started drawing on the back hard cover of my work notebook using my daughter's oil pastel colour set that was lying scattered nearby.
I have shown this painting to my family and friends without telling them what the painting was about. To my surprise, they all had very different perspective about what was contained in the painting and what it is trying to depict. Here is a list of interpretations of this painting that I have received so far:
Looks like bunch of people staring at the Sun.
Eye with pupil and lashes. It’s definitely an eye .. but also looks like sunset being watched by many people.
It is line of army looking at sunset.
I guess it signifies ray of hope.
The big circular structure represents the mighty COVID-19 virus. A large number of people in the painting represents the human population which has been brought to its knees by this invincible virus.
The large circular structure in this painting reminds me of आज्ञा चक्र that I see when I meditate every morning.
The Sun is shining bright, but it is still dark. And I linked it to the Dalit lives matter movement in Nepal right now, because of the colours used with the 'Sun'
United under the Sun
Orwellian view: The big brother is watching you.
Exploding Sun, being watched from the distant planet.
Covid 19 virus hovering above all the population.
I would title it Hope. The light taking over the dark background, the people coming together and quite the opposite of social and physical distancing, in other words just seeing an optimistic future! Do I also see an eye there!
Awaiting: What’s beyond that grand bright light ? No one know. Anxiously waiting to see what the situation will turn to. So are people everywhere!
I see hope...people united....awaiting something...togetherness...community
(1) We are looking away from the source of information (if we think thats the Sun). (2). We are leaving Corona behind (interpreting corona as the one during the eclipse)
Makes me think of a peaceful shared experience. A memory of something extraordinary. I like it very much.
Not sure if it is a group of aliens, or creatures or people. People are looking away from the Sun. I can see some people dancing and some are playing a music instrument. After looking at this painting for some time, I suddenly started seeing orange glow in people. People are searching for Sun but they are looking in the wrong direction.
The Sun depicted in this picture also looks like pupil of an eye and I like to perceive this painting also as showing eyes of the Sun God. People are offering prayers to the Sun God for being a perpetual source of warmth and light in their lives. I had this perspective when my elder sister told me that the circular object in the painting looks like pupil of an eye.
If you see or feel something different from those listed above, please let me know and I will include it here. I am fascinated to see the multitude of ways in which a painting can be perceived and interpreted.