Tat Tvam Asi, Your are that
Textile Art Project – 2016
Tat Tvam Asi is a sanskrit phrase, translated variously as “Thou art that,” (That thou art, That art thou, You are that, or That you are, or You’re it)
It is one of the Mahāvākyas (Grand Pronouncements) in the Vedantic Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) appearing in a conversation between the Vedic Sage and his son as the answer of a question about the Dharma. The Sage answering to his son that there is no distinction between Atman , the soul , and Brahman , the universal reality of the universe.
By comparison , Meni works on the dependency on Water for any living creatures on Earth.
Water, as the source of Life we are experimenting here, is a crucial element from which flourishes all expressed creatures so We are all Composed by Water and living by.
Thus, to express that dependency to Water ,and consequently to each another, the artwork was designed reflecting the diversity of organisms and the source ,Water, that we merge from.
Several square pieces of five different cotton fabrics are sewn together to form a large square piece decorated with a circle inscribed in it.
The large square shaped artwork was laid on the floor. It is made of squares dyed in five different hues of Indigo blue symbolizing water , the diversity of living creatures depending to each other and together as the expression of their common source.
The dyeing process was done with Indigo powder imported from India. The Indigo dye vat was made with chemical components to improve the efficiency and fastness of the color which makes the handling very delicate and the process timely structured.
The first attempt of the design composition of this artwork which was a big failure , was inspired also by the wall of a Shinjuku Station men’s toilet whose the bleu colored wall with its blocks of different heights displayed a blue and irregular surface which caught the Meni’s attention.
But the assembly of the boxes made it the most tricky part and lead him to the reinvent the presentation by using the different types of fabric and sewing instead of boxes composition.
Techniques: Deep dyeing , Nui Shibori (Japanese tie and dye by stitching ), Sewing
Materials: Several Cotton fabrics, Indian Indigo