What Lies Beneath is an attempt made to inform and conceal simultaneously.
The word Bodh means to observe and to be aware. Kumar's work revolves around this basic idea. Drawn to matter in its elemental form – as a material and reflection of self, the current inquiries reflect upon the heart of creation – silent undertones that are instrumental in a physical becoming. This is where the investigations lead to non- duality meaning ‘not-two’, recognizing the opposites and how these opposites are an integral part of each other. The process of rendering works is influenced by the pre-historic cave paintings that Kumar has been visiting since 2013 and related schools of art in south east Asia. The process involves mixing ground earth with water and organic matter in slow rhythmic movements to form contemplative surfaces. Choice of materials and their compounding is imperative to each depiction; hence a lot of time is spent to understand their personality to ascertain their right place in the practice. The process here is the message and it carries a dimension of wonder and submission, creating a continuity of knowledge and pleasure drawn from age-old resources.