Siamese Trees, 2014

Installation view, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai

Siamese Trees
electric wire, metal ring, motion sensor, LED assembling rope light

In Siamese Trees, an enlarged embroidery ring, whose base fabric itself is a painstakingly woven mesh of electrical wiring, forms a fabric- fence even as these conduits of contact entangle and morph into barriers. One half of the tree grows into the Banyan tree, while the other left half bifurcates into the Deodar tree, the national trees of India and Pakistan respectively. They grow like conjoined Siamese twins paying no heed to partitioned national borders and alluding to the shared and rooted past, enmeshed in a complex civilizational history.