Story of rocks- Stage 1

some of the earliest formation of questions that i am dealing with as of now:

  1. the changes in drawing
  2. the change from drawing on paper to using material.
  3. understanding the material through drawing.
  4. creation of an object.


  1. the Changes in drawing 


sketch 1


sketch 1 a


sketch 1 b


sketch 1 c

One can conclude or probe further into the intention of the drawer. Sketch 1 is the first sketch and everytime the drawing was made, the intention of the drawer changed.

Sketch 1 is sketch number 3 of 6 sketches ( as per sketchbook Nov 2018). Sketch 1, 1 a, 1 b, and 1 c are further variations of thinking of the sketch as a possible necklace in stone like material.

2. the change from drawing on paper to using material.

My search begins by reaching one of the most crowded markets in Delhi, Ajmal Khan Road in Karol Bagh. I am here to search and buy stones for creation of a necklace. The Shopkeepers tell me i need to head to kinari bazaar in Chandni Chowk. So once i reach there, Agate stones are being sold in sizes of about the size of my palm. Soon i realise that Kinari bazaar is meant for embroidery works on cloth, so i reach turkman gate. Here i discover a shopkeepers hidden room filled to the roof with rocks and stones from small chip pieces to large 2 foot egg shaped decorative stones. So i handpick few small pieces of stones and leave for Chikree qabar ( grave ). Here i meet two karigar ( craftsmen) creating metal jewellery.

My original drawing is no longer valid as the craftsmen will not be able to cut the agate stones but only add a metal plate around the borders of the stone so that it can become part of the necklace. So i leave and head home.

At home i decide to keep the stones in water overnight and draw each one the next day after sunbathing them. I feel i rescued these stones from the shopkeeper where they were locked up in a room with no light except when a client comes to view and buy them for decorative, spiritual, healing purposes. I feel i need to know them before i decide to fix them in the form of a wearable object on the body.

Next day:

At this point, i have no clue what these colourful stones are. And while drawing them in a cafe, sipping on coffee, i come to know through watching a YOUTUBE video that Agate stones are not stones but formation of crystals in void spaces of large rocks. Maybe then they are scooped out like cavity, only to leave the original rock more damaged and again with a human made hole which is not the same as a natural subhuman gap, void.

2. Understanding the material through drawing.







Drawing allows us to sketch out the mental observations being seen while observing the rock closely.

3. creation of an object ( future possibilities)

Now i have two directions. Finding a rock which can be cut in the shape of my drawing (sketch 1-4) and or assembling the agate rocks to form the drawing in cut pieces joined together and then placing this in the form of necklace which is an object which can be hung from the neck.

I would prefer to learn and use the tools as the agate stones require extreme sensitivity in being placed together and held with metal as a base and then being worn on a human body with skin, cloth, sweat, hair rubbing the stones which may lay naked if only the boundaries are covered with metal. Poor rocks…maybe they were best while being inside the mother rock, undisturbed, filling a void space and now have been sliced like a sliced orange slice.

Or maybe not. Merleau Ponty writes in Phenomenology of Perception – p244. ( sense experience)

“blue is that which prompts me to look in a certain way, that which allows my gaze to run over it in a specific manner. It is a certain field or atmosphere presented to the power of my eyes and of my whole body. Here the experience of colours confirms and elucidates the correlations established by inductive psychology.”

This makes you think about the effect of an object, and its colour, material might have in wearing, seeing and experiencing it.

So colours, rocks could have an effect on how we go about experiencing space around us.


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