Aditi Babel, “Memories”

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For me, life is all about memories, some memories we create and some are created for us but they play a significant role in shaping our lives.
This sculpture is an attempt to look at memories in a syntactic, semiotic, metaphorical and to a certain extent an abstract level with the medium of altered book and different book making ways.

Beautiful moments which we might not remember but which keep us moving, I call them butterfly memories. The ones created at different geographies (mini atlas converted into an altered book) and are light as a feather, they travel in our hearts, in our minds as memories. They give us life experiences and could become a reason for hope at dark times.

Time based memories: we go through life thinking we can hold on to everything in our fist, it’s almost like holding sand in the fist, the tighter you hold the faster it slips. The only thing we do hold on to are our memories that we created over a certain time period. They are ours and ours alone.

 

Complicated memories: the ones that can confuse you. You don’t know how you feel about these memories, they exist and they bring you mixed feelings. Feelings you cannot comprehend to your own self.

Circle of Life. The altered book: we live life everyday with simple and complex thoughts and actions. Thoughts, that push us to love, to fear, to create, to curse, to cry, to laugh and sometimes to feel nothing at all. Ever so often, a very important moment which would or could change your life forever passes through in a very normal and mundane fashion. These moments are captured by the folded paper inside the book. Each paper inside the book folds in a methodical way signifying the thoughts and the actions performed during the course of life. These are repeated folds created one at a time, they seem regular and most times arid but during the process it starts taking a shape and towards the end of the folds, comes a rather unique structure that makes one believe how important each fold was to create something so magnificent.
Something, so meaningful that would change thew ay one perceives life. The circle of life wherein each action, word and thought makes a difference and thus becomes the essence of life.

Harsh memories: those which change who you are and how your life will never be the same again. Memories that affect your soul and shake you completely. In some weird way they happen to everyone, not in the same scale maybe, but they happen and these can make you or break you.

 

Artist: Aditi Babel (Udaipur, India)

Title: Memories (2012)

Medium/technique(s): Paper, Thread & Wood

Edition size: 1

Number of pages: N/A

Dimensions: 32 x 19 x 10 inches

 

Artist Statement:

After going through a difficult few years of attempting to explain people what I exactly do when I say I am a Book Artist, I got an opportunity to display my works at an art gallery in the city of gardens, Bangalore, India.  It was a great experience and my work was well received, since then things have changed a little bit, for the better.

This got me thinking, of how I went through these different phases both fun and difficult, even to reach till here, which was not too ahead of where I started but was significant nevertheless.  I wanted to attempt creating a sculpture to show how I felt about reaching here with altered books and bindings from my learnings of book making.  When I started working on it, it took several new directions and i started to feel like it was connected to my entire life not just a couple of years.  When the sculpture was done and was exhibited, strangely everyone could relate to it and that for me has changed my perspective toward book arts.  Now it’s much more than just experiments and skill and different ways of looking at book or the idea of a book, it’s about feelings.  It’s about a connection and it’s about my life.

Memories got me closer to my thoughts and so it holds a special place for me.

We life life everyday with simple and complex thoughts and actions.  Thoughts, that push us to love, to fear, to create, to curse, to cry, to laugh and sometimes to feel nothing at all.  Ever so often, a very important moment which would or could change your life forever passes through in a very normal and mundane fashion.

For me, life is all about memories, some memories we create and some are created for us but they play a significant role in shaping our lives.

This sculpture is an attempt to look at memories in a syntactic, semiotic, metaphorical and to a certain extent an abstract level with the medium of altered book and different book making ways.