“Iam::” by Subina Aurora Khaneja
The text framing the oil painting reads:
I am what the body construct physical dimensional shape created in the fires with metals of earth waters of the ocean but in the same clay roam words thoughts ideas that better define who I am yet in the space between the breaths still I exist I am That
The site installation “Iam::” is a part of DRIVE, an on-going public art festival, ending on January 23, 2015. Held at Gillman Barracks in Singapore, the festival features works, ranging from wall murals, to sculpture, to multi-media installations, by artists from the Gillman galleries and around the world. It also displays works from the general public, submitted to an open call and selected by expert judges, of which Subina Aurora Khaneja’s “Iam::” is a mesmerizing example.
The artist has this to say about her work:
The famous expression of the relationship between the Individual and the Absolute ‘that thou art’ and the existential reality of the equally famous ‘I think therefore I am’ drive my thoughts of how a physical reality can be transcended by a thought, idea. Just like the Gillman Barracks. A space that has been and continues to be reinvented, limited only by our own imagination of what it can do. Yet even if we remove everything, the space where the Barracks stand will still be there. Constantly existing. Just like our Self. Our world construct. In our minds. In ever existing space. Little dots on the sheaths of the universe.