1992 - metal: bronze
Lalitha Shankar’s works are sculptural explorations of the multifaceted nature of symbols. Material symbols often take basic, organic forms that invite both a direct experience with the viewer as well as philosophical interpretation. These philosophical and tactile qualities exist simultaneously, pulsating as particular aspects are brought to the fore, while others recede but maintain their presence. Shankar appreciates the durable yet fragile quality character of bronze, which reflects her desire to capture the actual and the transient in and through her work. The concave triangular form of Shankar’s 'Prana 7', on view at Grounds For Sculpture, is both elemental and cryptic evoking references to the male torso, the womb, an enormous arrowhead, or a fossilized mussel shell, to name a few. The word “prana,” is the Hindu term used to describe the auto-energizing life-sustaining force of the individual body and the universe; prana is the source of all knowledge and the mover of all activity encompassing all types of energy, including mental, intellectual, physical, sexual, spiritual, heat, light, gravity etc. The simple, yet ambiguous shape of Prana 7, leaves the identity of the object open to interpretation. According to the artist, the position activates the sculpture. Located outdoors, Prana 7 often fills with rain water. This triangular rain catcher becomes a potent metaphor for one entity comprising another and the body as the receptacle of the material and the sublime.