A million suns
by Chitra Gopalakrishnan
With tiny globes of yellow, rounds of citrine, lemon quartz and golden beryl, the muralist sets his picture.
One centimeter at a time.
Each yellow globe is precious. Each is a distinct shade of yellow. Each is a miniature sun, gleaming with its own special turmeric shine. Each one is reflective of energy, purity, abundance, courage, self-confidence, optimism and enlightenment and healing.
Together, they will make a precious whole.
Normally, he has bins and bucketful of stones. Some red, blue, pink, orange, green, some glazed, some dull, some mirrored, some tiled, some ceramic, some precious stones.
Washing away the grout, he usually embeds these differently shaped and hued stones into huge mosaics and the resulting enormous tableaux are usually stunning.
But today, his commission is a special one. He has to go beyond the extraordinary. To the sublime. He has to capture the idea of new beginnings. In COVID times.
He deliberately chooses the color yellow for his mosaic creation.
Being the lightest hue of the spectrum, the color psychology of yellow is uplifting and illuminating, offering hope, happiness, cheerfulness and fun.
And in the meaning of colors, yellow inspires original thought and inquisitiveness. It is also the color of new ideas, helping us to find new ways of doing things.
Yellow hence stands for a dreamer who is also practical. A practical thinker!
As a muralist, he knows that while God is in the details yet it is important to know the whole big picture.
So he deliberately sets out to create a macrocosm from his yellow microcosm. He ensures he is in in the know of both the small and the big.
He begins to create the image of the sun from hundreds of smaller suns. With each little sun running around the other.
He is careful with each of these precious stone. Each of these mini-sun emerges from a dainty milk jug not a gigantic bin or a bucket.
The muralist pays attention to each of the yellow globules’ special energy, their individual identity. He is aware that each of these globes inhabit a private universe of thought and feeling.
Yet when he entangles one yellow energy with another they come together in a single shared sense, in a unifying image of the sun. Each globe falls under the hypnotic spell of a single truth. A new dawn.
They all seem to somehow understand that the idea is not just physical but ideational.
Each globe in his mosaic seems to seize this idea and ride it.
The muralist arrives at last at his terrifying moment of omniscience. His creation of the sun is complete!
What will be his nemesis?
A viewer interprets it thus. “While each of the suns, like us are self-sufficient, they engage with one another to create a harmonious whole. This so they don’t implode with their own stagnation or explode with outside threats, something they cannot comprehend or deal with alone.”
The acknowledgement to his art and its meaning during the COVID is complete.
New Delhi-based Chitra Gopalakrishnan uses her ardor for writing, wing to wing, to break firewalls between nonfiction and fiction, narratology and psychoanalysis, marginalia and manuscript and tree-ism and capitalism.
Her fiction has appeared in the Celestial Echo Press, Black Hare Press, Fantasia Divinity, Me First Magazine, Reedsy, Terror House Magazine, Unpublished Platform, Literary Yard, Truancy, eShe, Literati Magazine, Spillwords, Fleas on the Dog, Twist and Twain, Velvet Illusion, CafeLit, Sky Island Journal, Scarlet Leaf Review, Breaking Rules Publishing and Runcible Spoon, among others.
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