I was born in India, studied physics and finance, and now live on the banks of the Hackensack river, ten minutes from Manhattan. I have worked on Wall Street over 15 years.
Vrischik is my nom de art. I paint thoughts into images expressed as an abstraction, overlaid on landscapes, people or objects. My work invites contextual temporal interactions between the viewer and the painted image.
9/11 to 11/9 and Beyond
My work explores world movements from 9/11 to 11/9– and beyond. The last fifteen years have been an epoch in which mankind has witnessed fundamental change manifested by the radicalization of thought and action. My paintings reflect the innately uncertain philosophical, intellectual and sexual dynamics of existence. The political and media-driven polarization of religion, demographics, and economics drives a split in humanity that love and compassionate philosophy must heal.
Life after 9-11 captures my feelings after I was lucky to escape Tower One of the World Trade Center as it collapsed after the plane attack. Since then, xenophobic rhetoric and policy have driven multiple fissures into John Winthrop’s original vision of America “City upon a Hill”. Unfortunate manifestations of political polarization continue with political movements in Brexit, Brazil, Venezuela and in America during the dawn of the 11/9 elections. Path to Nowhere and Chakravyuh represent this gridlock of politics and war, and Fearful Embrace speaks to hate and racism.
My other works–Maya, Profiles in Crimson, and Forces of Nature–celebrate love, though Aum and Reading Leaves of Time warn of the banality and ephemeral nature of human existence. The female form and its struggles manifest in the paintings Vortex and Shakti, the Sanskrit female embodiment of creative power.
I have been passionate about drawing interconnections between the mind and body since my days in college. I remember making trips to the Allahabad railway station on my motor-cycle, slipping a one Rupee coin into the weighing machine and then stopping by the small decrepit book-store on platform number one to add to my collection of books on philosophy, mind and health.
Over the years I continued my experiments, slowly connecting the dots between yoga, Ayurveda, natural healing, epigenetics, nutrition, exercise, meditation and mind. How a half peeled garlic clove would have an entirely different impact on my gut bacteria and how multi strain yogurt may not actually work. After my wife was struck by cancer I discovered the amazing impact of some natural foods.
The reasons for disease and suffering are not complicated or hidden. If you are ready to introspect, we can begin the journey to better living.
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