In Indra’s Net

WORK IN PROGRESS

6-minute looped film, graphite pencil drawings with labels (sizes variable) and transparent prints in light boxes (sizes variable)

In this project, I imagine India’s Falgu river a millennium from now, significantly altered by global heating and changes in biodiversity. Through the fictional eyes of a botanist duo, I am working on a series of drawings, layered prints and a film, imagining how fauna and flora might evolve during this time period. My scientists collect data, make scans using a mysterious machine and take notes during an expedition near where, circa 500 BCE, the Buddha is said to have achieved Enlightenment. The exhibition iteration will feature my drawings and light boxes alongside fictional notes detailing how these organisms have evolved and a short film that features the scientists in rhyming dialogue with each other, questioning their work, the moral problems science must address, and its relationship to spirituality.

June 18, Note 465: Class: Insecta / Order: Lepidoptera / Family: Nymphalidae / Genus: Junonia / Species TBC (‘Infinity Moth’) We have nicknamed her an ‘Infinity Moth’, although it is a butterfly. Perhaps close relative of Bodh Gaya Peacock Pansy: Junonia AlmanaCylindrical. Head blackish, hairy, wings saffron. Feint dorsal, subdorsal and lateral blackish line, marking spreading symmetrically across thorax, fore +  hindwings resembling ‘endless knot’ found in eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism. Early observations suggest she can make this marking appear and disappear at will, aiding in camouflage.