Roha, originating from Sanskrit, means sprouting or rising . In Arabic context, Roha represents “Soul” or “Life”. The empty bowl is symbolic of our willingness to hold whatever we wish. And, here is a wish to fill the empty bowl sprouting with the purest form of life.
Woodfired at 1300ºC in Ipoh, Malaysia during my last visit, this piece is very special to me as the whole conceptualisation was like connecting to life itself in reality. Going deeper into answering the questions that often come into our minds but are sometimes left unanswered or may be ignored .There is ample greenery around me and my studio when I just sit to do my work and there is always a tendency to incorporate nature into my forms or surface designs.
During the initial stages of making this big bowl, the constant view from my studio was the ongoing construction work across the canal (I have the beautiful view of a canal with lots of trees around from my studio), which was a bit disturbing as lots of trees were cut down to make way for the park connector.
And it raised the question about our wishes & our desires. Destruction of one and construction of another. Do we really need it? The constant change in our desires brought an abstract edge to the bowl but my idea needed more ethical and moral representation and so I decided on the leaves, an upward sprouting tree within an empty bowl .
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