RAIN STUDY (THE HOUR OF THE DAY OF THE MONTH OF THE SEASON), 2016, BY JITISH KALLAT
Graphite, acrylic epoxy on Arches Paper
Much like his elemental suite of Wind Studies, Rain Study participates in the near currents of the atmospheric to summon images that invoke the astronomical. During rain-showers, with the drawing paper held out to the sky Kallat steps outdoors. The drawing thus becomes a rainwater receptacle with constellations of descending raindrops settling on the paper. This short duration of time, measured through the artist’s breath cycles are marked as BC on the drawings. Once overlaid with a spray of dark pigment and wiped dry, the resultant image invokes galaxy clusters or stellar maps of the distant universe.