Unfathomable 2022

Snake Charming, 2022, oil on paper, 22"w x 30"h

Discernment, 2022, oil on paper, 22"w x 30"h

Dead Heading, 2022, oil on paper, 22"w x 30"h

Danskin Dakini, 2022, oil on paper, 22"w x 30"h

Eighth Son 2022, oil on paper, 22"w x 30"h

Rebirth, 2022, oil on paper, 22"w x 30"h

Sixth Day of the Moon, 2022, oil on paper, 22"w x 30"h

From One Tongue Came Thousands More, 2022, oil on paper, 22"w x 30"h

Asherah, 2022, oil on paper, 22 x 30” h

Sea Change, 2022, oil on paper, 22 x 30” h

Purification: Yamuna and the Cosmic Tortoise, 2022, oil on paper, 22 x 30” h

Protector of Children, 2022, oil on paper, 22 x 30” h

Celibate Warrior, 2022, oil on paper, 22 x 30” h

Bahuchara Ma: Patroness of the Hijra, 2022, oil on paper, 22 x 30” h

Offering to Bahuchara Mata, 2022, oil on paper, 22 x 30”h

That Which Exists is One, 2022, oil on paper, 22 x 30”h

Balancing Act, 2022, oil on paper, 22 x 30”h

These Unfathomable paintings attempt to simultaneously embrace the mysterious and the obvious. Just like the experience of godliness in human form, it is a paradox in perfect balance, a form without definition for which the laws of nature and reason do not apply. I was less interested in personal identity than in Universal Identity; in other words, I had in mind all that is boundless, immeasurable, vast, and nameless. The subjects of these paintings are lesser-known Indian deities whose ‘superpowers’ I admired, a few popular holy avatars, my fascination with the vahanas - the animals that served as their personal vehicles, and depictions of my experience with durational ritual and austerity.

At some point before I began the amalgamation process, I started to put these images into groups of two and three, thus making new meanings, narratives, and relationships in their triptych or diptych form. These new relationships forced an abstraction in which they appeared less representational and more aligned with my original purpose. They really came to life when I started cutting them up and re-assembling them as both paper and digital collages; and from these new forms, the paintings emerged.

Raghubir Kintisch, 2022