Surasa and the Moths

Made during a residency in my home country, Trinidad. I embarked upon this residency with the intention to create work with materials found there. I brought with me a packet of 24 karat gold leafing and my x-acto knife. I brought with me metals, one to slice and one to disguise. In the exhibition Save Me Hanuman!, I call upon Hanuman to exact my revenge on the little creatures which wriggle, bite, and sting. Using images cut from an illustrated children’s book of Hindu stories and a book on local insects, I have found both hero and antagonists to play out the battle between insect and god. This reimagined adventure invokes Hanuman for his courage, the courage I do not have in the face of the insects of Trinidad.

  • Asha Ganpat
  • 2016
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  • Digital
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