“One must always maintain one’s connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it.” – Gaston Bachelard
A traditional painting from the Maharashtra state, Warli. Folk Paintings are the vivid expressions of the daily and social events of the Warli tribe, situated in the northern outskirts of Mumbai, the financial capital of India.
Simplistic in presentation, the art makes dominant use of geometrical patterns like squares, triangles, and circles to depict the different elements of nature. The circles denote the heavenly bodies like the sun and the moon. Triangles represent the conical trees and the mountains. Squares are representative of human invention.
In the olden days, the artwork was done on walls to commemorate special occasions. One of the most popular themes in Warli art is a spiral chain of humans around one central motif. This in accordance with their belief that life is an eternal journey, and it has no beginning and end.
The painting would be done over a brown background which would basically be a mixture of mud and cow dung cakes. The white pigment used to draw shapes and figures would be a mixture of rice mixed with water and gum.