Prosothor ("Stone") - ROM2019_17326_44


Prosothor ("Stone")

Maker: Ajit Kumar Das
Medium:Cotton, painted mordants and dyes
Geography: Kolkata, India
Date: 2014
215 × 155 cm
Object number: 2019.35.1
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust, Peer Review Fund
On view
Gallery Location:The Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume

Ajit Kumar Das, based in Kolkata, worked in cloth dyeing and printing before turning to kalam drawing. Likewise fascinated by the qualities of natural dyes, Das’s tableaux explore esoteric subjects, ranging from early meditations on Vedic astrology and Tantric religious art to personal experiences and the medium itself. In his Prosothor (Stone) series, he explores memories of early personal and professional struggles; the intricately coloured and impossibly stacked boulders—their rough surfaces in tension with the soft palette and cotton—simultaneously convey anxiety and equilibrium. 

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