“I play with opposites – tension and balance, chaos and order, individual and collective, definition and ambiguity, color and pattern – in my work; while they are opposites, they are not in opposition. The repetition of pattern and image serve as a visual incantation (chant.) This rhythmic, repetitive, image intensifies (heightens or deepens) the visual experience and creates a meditative, trance-like, still, mental state. In this spiritual state, we become one with everything around us, thus being at peace and creating peace.”
Aditi Samarth’s artwork attempts to give a visual form to historical ideas and cultural values from various places where she has lived, including: India, Bahrain, and the United States.
The circa 5,000 year old universal symbol, the Swastika, is seen in many of Aditi Samarth’s paintings. In her works it takes on its original and ancient meaning, representing auspiciousness, goodwill and tranquility. The Swastika is usually angular, which Aditi sees as masculine. Instead, she interprets the Swastika as feminine; hence it is represented as curvilinear.
In several of her works Aditi also uses Buddha as a symbol of peace and tranquility. Usually, these pieces feature a serene Buddha surrounded by rich and colorful visual textures. Here the inner realm represents focused inward meditation while the outer realm represents beautiful distractions.
Aditi’s remaining works use repetitive patterns, such as repeating paisley shapes, to convey unity and create a meditative visual chant.