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Map my world
Italian artist Tarshito doesn’t filter the styles but follows traditional techniques which define the universal values of life. By Team Viva
Italian artist Tarshito re-draws and merges various countries, connecting different disparate parts of the world. “Maps are a leitmotif in my artworks. I began to paint geographical mixed maps when I started to feel aware to be part of this beautiful planet and to be conscious about my attitude to know the mother Earth. My spiritual master, Osho Rajneesh, inspired me through his books and his talks about the uselessness of geographical boundaries that do nothing else but create limits only in our minds.”
He elaborated, “I do not see why there are so many boundaries since we all are ONE, since we all are part of ONE humanity and live on the same Earth.” Tarshito was travelling through the state of Odisha as he wanted to encounter the rural tribes up close. “I was fascinated by the people I met, they didn’t even use shoes to hunt for their food. I was stunned by their conduct and felt appalled by their dignity as well as the pride to be there in that moment. They were alive, I saw their faces and recognised in their eyes the faces of millions of people from all over the World. In my eyes, they could have been Australian, African, Mexican, Indonesian, Japanese... I did not recognise any difference between the human beings that were in front of me and others. This is what I call unity.”
Through his artworks, he likes to speak about a new possible and livable world, a new humanity, a new land where the only language to use is the language of kindness, love and happiness.
Tarshito Falls in Love with India is the culmination of a long term project and a subpart of an ongoing research across living traditions of the planet. During the tour around the country, there were various instances which inspired the artist along the way. “I fondly remember my first encounter with my ‘soul sister’ Pushpa Rao in Odisha. At that time, I was fascinated about the idea to explore and get confident with an Indian traditional painting technique called Pattachitra. During the course of learning the technique, I came across an old man who was a master creator of colourful and magnificent works but he was bound by the ancient traditions. He was not open towards artistic projects. In order to find someone more inclined to my vision, I searched for another artist. The young man I found was way too excited about the idea to work with an Italian artist. I was unable to communicate with him. I was losing hope in my search but then I was saved by Pushpa.”
Tarshito added, “Shy and hesitant, she was teaching three of her students Pattachitra. While she was engrossed in teaching the lessons, her assistants showed me the stunning works she had created. Pushpa understood my ideas and was thrilled at the prospect. The concepts I shared with her were accepted with sincere enthusiasm and honest cooperation. Years have passed since our first encounter but we still consider each other soul brother and sister.”
Collaborating with various artists from different backgrounds, the artist formed a strong relationship with duo Mukesh and Raju Swami, fine miniaturists from Bikaner. “During an art show at Craft Museum, I expressed my vision to Mukesh. While I attended a call, he created my idea on paper and it reflected everything that was occupying my mind. In that moment, I understood that we were somehow connected, a bond that cannot be described in mere words. We have been working together since.”
As an artist, Tarshito is not interested in doing any kind of selections. He simply likes to share his concepts and researches through the power of art. Said he, “I don’t filter the styles, I just fall in love with the traditional techniques which define the universal values of life. To me, that is real beauty.”
Travelling around the world has enriched the artworks created by the artist. His experiences around the world confirmed his perspectives and opinions about the rich humanity which can be found in each face, if an individual looks closely. The adventures in Mexico, India, Bangladesh and Nepal deepened the meaning of art and life.
One of his paintings, Durga Mandal was created by using black and white colours. With its roots in Hindu tradition, it highlights the oriental concept of dualism between the opposite poles: yin and yang. The intention was to symbolise unity. Another one of his work which captured our imagination was Holy temples. In the western culture, animals are considered instinctive creatures and are treated with dignity. The artist likes to turn the bodies of animals into holy temples which contain the source of spirituality resulting in the bodies turning into a vessel for the soul.
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