Monday, December 05, 2016

These series of photographs have as a common thread the focus on the fabrics that are produced in the same way as in the Voc period with natural indigo. The fabrics and their colours are visual aspects and reappearing materials within these series of images. Within the process the different tones of blue are created when dying the fabrics in big fermentation pots containing natural indigo.
The fermentation is a sour smell and the pots are buried underneath the ground with only the head of the pot sticking out leaving a round gap that opens up like a mouth. The pots are to be fed with food cooked upon the fire.

The sounds of grinding powder, pouring into indigo vats, ash water collection and the cleansing and the bleaching of Yarn and fabric including boiling lead to materials that are combined visual material.  These photographs and situations are part of the created poetic narrative one can listen to fragments of sounds part of these sceneries.
 ‘unexpected moments’

Exploring new materials such as yarns first seen laying in pots as dark blue creatures. Later dried up in the sun and covering my body while I sit reside near the water stained indigo. Somehow blue layers strings of seaweed hiding the face.  A landscape of burned palm tree’s created a potential situation for an act. An Intervention of wrapping the soft fabrics showing prints of tropical palms around the black burned palms.  Who were the personas and figures from archives could they be symbolized by the shapes of bodies hidden by the same material?  
The story of the workers at the village and factory The Colours of Nature is something that left me with unanswered questions. The history of the place remains mysterious. New machines and technology where left untouched. The old method of the pots and natural indigo was where the workers often resided and dyed the cloth. Dipping them in and out of the pots in the heath of September’s moisture in this South Indian village.   

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