My Phantom Mother, 2014
Wooden sculpture painted white, contraption on tripod. Sculpture size: 13 x 4 x 4 in, tripod with contraption: 78.5 x 30 x 30 in
This Christian deity is standing atop a lotus flower, exactly like the Hindu goddess Laxmi. The original wood carver from Goa who created this sculpture of Mother Mary was blissfully unaware of his contribution to the process of fusion between Christianity and Indian symbolism which can also be termed as Hinduism. Many such improvisations can be found in Goa's tryst with Christianity, resulting in unique objects. This particular object became the visual starting point of this work.
Twin shadows that move around the sculpture involve the viewer to probe the enigmatic concept of duality. Two shadows on the wall overlap each other to become one and then separate again, prodding viewer to become aware of many such dualities.
(this woodcut is recreated from a similar old sculpture from the old Goan history)