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Maze versus Labyrinth

Sarupa Sidaarth's avatar Sarupa Sidaarth

On my birthday, October 2, 2020 I received a cosmic gift. I lost 15 years’ worth of art, more than a hundred paintings to the Glass Fire in St. Helena, California. The images in this diptych are of destroyed paintings. Today a significant part of my artistic legacy survives only in digital format with no tangible form and no comprehensive record of experimental work or markers of creative evolution. My response to the profound and unimaginable loss was to accept it on the spot. I reinterpreted my life path as a mystical labyrinth, a unicursal or single, continuous path. It leads you towards the center and out if you make a conscious choice to move forward. Conversely, a maze, its multicursal counterpart is a convoluted network of divergent paths with unpredictable outcomes. The maze I designed is not a true maze. Only partially accessible, it is an observation of current times. The maze symbolizes confusion, the labyrinth contemplation. After 2020, which one are you walking through?

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Archival pigment, acrylic, crystals on wood panel
  • Width: 60 inches
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 30 inches