Before my parable came into being, I meditated at the source that struck the match of my personal mythos. My mother’s womb. Dark space covered further by a soft veil of meta darkness that rendered my own body invisible to me. What is the value of this void? Can it speak?
If it did, what would be its first words?
A shape finds meaning, and this meaning becomes life. Fingers hold the riddle of knowledge,
the keys locked away in the centre of the chest. Listening intently to the burst of energy, another organ finds space to mutate and become a foot, then the left. My body becomes a vessel for history to embody itself. This gathering of consciousness into something fathomable to hold it,
I become a tapestry of sacredness. A brass vessel full of cool water, poured over figures of gods as formless and saintly black as the edge of our universe.
I pray for my first breath, and then emerge into familiar light.
The Earth shivers in wonder upon my arrival.
Rithika Pandey (Varanasi, India, 1998), lives and works between London and Mumbai.
Recent solo exhibitions include: 2022 - ADA, Rome, IT (upcoming); Grosvenor Gallery, London, UK (upcoming). 2021 - Solo Show, Unit 1 Gallery Workshop, London, UK. 2020 - ArcadeCampfa, Cardiff, UK. Recent group exhibitions include: 2022 - Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, curated by Marcelle Joseph and Sarah Holdaway, UK; D Contemporary, London, UK. 2021 - Paradise Row Projects, London, UK; Daniel Raphael Gallery, London, UK; Guts Gallery, London, UK. 2020 - Barbican artworks project space, London, UK.
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