In the middle of January, I started a juice fast which I carried out for ten days, finishing exactly on my birthday. I can say for sure that this was the best present I could possibly give myself. Two other friends and I did the first three days together, and after they finished I decided to continue on. Luckily, I had a couple restaurants where they prepared special veggie juices that easily kept me going. It was interesting to observe how we use food for many other purposes than simply nourishment. We really diminish our body's natural sensitivity, efficiency, and creativity by plowing it with food.
I've never had such a dramatic shift in mentality as quickly as through this experience. I realized that I had been spreading myself too thin with various projects, many of which were not initiated by me. I took this time for myself to dive into my own dreams and visions, which were somehow given more space by removing food from the daily routine. For almost a year, I have had the idea of painting with my hoop. What had for too long been a background vision was suddenly coming into full focus. I realized that I wanted to play with my expression of movement with different senses. On my birthday, I made a dance collaboration with a special woman from Thailand named Ying. We performed with a lovely couple that I had worked with last year who play Balkan gypsy music. It was great to perform with them again, as we had not made any plans of being back in Arambol this year. Hopefully I will get the chance to work with them again sometime this summer in London, where they have a full seven-piece band. After a week of travel outside of Goa (2 performances in Mumbai and visiting relatives in Hyderabad), I got back to Arambol with one week to prepare myself for Carnival. I decided that I would use this festival to make the first trial with my painting project. To start my project, I went to the local workshop where I got a good round of laughter from my request to drill holes into several seemingly oversized hula hoops. I won't go into too much detail as hopefully the pictures and videos will give you a much richer explanation.
I used the paint to help my audience have the feeling of my movement, and also to expand the area of expression outside of my hoop. To present this piece at Arambol's carnival, where so many people express themselves freely, encouraged me to express my true feeling without holding back. As Arambol has been the place where I have come to acknowledge and appreciate my creativity, I felt honored to present this piece for the first time here.
My vision is to present this piece in a few art galleries, hopefully Mumbai and possibly a few places in Europe as well. Assuming that you can open the video, I would love to hear comments or ideas about the piece.
And if you've got any good tips on where to present this kind of artwork, please pass it alongJ A sidenote- As I would not like to get beaten up by my auntie, I will be heading back to the States at least by August when my cousin Avinash is getting married in Chicago. After the wedding, I intend to go to Burning Man, although of course plans can change... Looking forward to catching up with many of you whom I haven't seen for years!
So this magical place of transformation, Arambol, has once again helped me to see new possibilities and perspectives for my life. I moved back to this creative town in early January. Once here, the spontaneous creativity and sharing started up again quickly, as I got in touch with many artists, some that I had shared with last season and others new to this crazy vibe.