Alka Kapoor on “Musings” and “You float better when you trust the water” by Kavita Issar Batra

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” – Racheal Carson

These beautiful series of works by Kavita demonstrate the spirit and power of Resilience in the human experience and in the natural world. The imprints of leaves and flowerse provides a space for contemplation and capturing individual reflections and experiences of straying and wandering into nature. These works are a testament to the inner strength that enables one to move forward in spite of adversity and obstacles.

These works emerged after Kavita nursed her mother back to health, after she was diagnosed with a non-curable form of cancer. Her mother fought all odds and came back stronger than before. Her daily walks and the natural litter gave her the comfort, courage and energy to tide it over.

Musings evokes a myriad of emotions one goes through while navigating through the chaos within. It represents a host of emotions…. the fear of the unknown, despair, hope, faith and courage.

You float better when you trust the water is about having faith in the Universe in times of uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic, but learning how to stay afloat during the adversity.

Adversity exists to teach us how to fly, but for that you have to trust the process and spread your wings. Nestled in this artwork is an imprint of a bird, maybe of the Chinese egret in Singapore or the Cattle egret she encountered during her daily walks in Singapore or near her parent’s home. With this work, she has been able to capture the interconnectedness of the natural world.

These series of works take on a different meaning in times that we are living in now. We need to have faith and hope. Having hope gives you something to look forward to and it infuses your heart with strength so that you can hold on.

— Alka Kapoor, FOM Docent for STPI

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