Talisman (Twin - I): Digital collage
Gulammohammed Sheikh, Talisman (Twin - I): Digital collage, Mumbai: The Guid Art Gallery, 2004
Accordion format book with wooden cover enclosed in a wooden box, inkjet on 300 GSM arches paper
4.9 x 4.1 x 2.6 in (12.5 x 10.6 x 6.7 cm) (size as a closed book with wooden box)
3.5 x 195 x 3.5 in (9 x 495.5 x 9 cm) (accordion when spread out)
10 from a limited edition of 10 copies
Signed and dated by the artist in Gujarati at the last page.
"Traversing historical and mythical spaces of paintings long admired and bringing these into my experiential arena has been an old habit. The routes through these trajectories open the terrain of discovery: of maps, charts, vignapti patras and a host of paintings that invite negotiations, mediations and appropriations. Discovering a picture postcard of the Ebstorf Mappamundi (a map of the world, now lost, made in 13th century Europe) a couple of years ago triggered a desire to make painted maps. Learning techniques of digital collaging at an interactive workshop organized by Art underground (a digital art gallery in Baroda) facilitated the process of inventing new maps by implanting sites of my choice into the circuits laid out in the Ebstorf Mappamundi. In order to overcome the limitations of cloning that digital technology imposes, I decided to paint over every inkjet print to play a jugalbandi of the hand, mind and machine". - Gulammohammed Sheikh.
Above excerpt from the catalogue essay by Kumkum Sangari of the exhibition Mappings, presented by The Guild Art Gallery at The Museum Gallery, 23 - 29 August 2004