ASHWATHA – THE SACRED TREE

Trees, are one of the earth’s oldest life forms; silent witnesses to the passing of time. Through ages, ancient people have best owed veneration on Trees making them a sacred and integral part of their life on earth. To the Egyptians, the tree of life was symbolic of the process of creation -a chain of events that brought everything into existence. To the Mayans, the tree was a locus point joining the heavens, earth and the underworld. In Christianity, the tree of life planted in the Garden of Eden bore fruit that granted immortality. In Hinduism, the Atharva Veda, speaks of the “Ashwatha” tree as home of the Gods. And Lord Buddha himself chose the Peepal tree to meditate under and attain enlightenment.

The Tree of Life represents many qualities like wisdom, strength, protection, beauty, bounty, redemption and growth, however the interpretation perceived by different faiths and cultures remains the same; that the Tree of Life resonates singularly with the concept of ‘interconnectedness’. Sarla Chandra’s art draws inspiration from the Sacred and the Eternal. The striking symbolism in her signature Tree of Life, her divine golden-winged birds and the incandescent Goliath stones - all implore you to seek meaning beyond their physical form. Metaphysical concepts like cosmic energy, evolution, time and duality, loom large over her canvas, awakening the viewer to an inner world and drawing them into an inward journey of spirituality.

In her series Ashwatha-The Sacred Tree, the artist explores the interaction of ‘Purush and Prakriti’ - man and nature, through themes of religion & philosophy. She creatively uses the ancient art of ‘Varakh’ (wafer thin sheets of gold and silver foil) to bring a unique luminous quality to her art. Sarla Chandra’s Tree of Life series symbolize that all forms of life and that all elements in this universe - earth, water, air, fire and space are interconnected with an invisible Golden thread of cosmic energy. A simple yet strong reminder that our existence is intricately linked with others and that, we as humans should live in harmony with the rest of the universe.

Preview : Saturday, 22nd June 2019, 6:30 pm
Exhibition on view till 15th July 2019

Art works

  • Kalakriti Art Gallery
  • Date: June 22, 2019 - July 15, 2019