T.Shanaathanan’s work entitled Mismatches (2011) is comprised of a series of 9 paintings that take the form of a jigsaw. “The mismatch between one story and another can also be seen as the location of new found being and a space of becoming” says T. Shanaathanan. “In these particular works I have made nine landscapes or locations depicting the Hindu Cosmos of nine planets (the navagraha) in the form of nine jigsaw puzzle pieces. The pieces of the jigsaw represent experiences related to time, place and memory. However the form and the imagery that appears within a piece of jigsaw suggests too that these cannot be assembled a unified whole. Like the individual stories that appear in The Incomplete Thombu, the single jigsaw piece represents the experience related to a particular person or moment, but as a whole they are in constant contradiction and tension created by the mismatches of realities.”

Sharminie Perera

Saskia Fernando Gallery