Looking through kaleidoscopes. Seeing realities. Passing a vision.
Bardo is drawing connections. Pictorial lines between theoretical and seemingly disparate opposites like Existence – Beyond, Local – Global and Traditional – Contemporary. Connections becoming visionary hybridizations: With his paintings Aditya Aryal is questioning not only his position in relation to those essential binaries, but also the constellations of contemporary Nepali society. Through a connective web of Tibetan imagery and references to traditional Thanka with Western influences in technique and composition, the artist contributes an alternate vision of reality represented in his idea of Bardo. He re-interprets this Buddhist concept of the transitional state between two lives on earth as a time-related idea of letting go and a spiritual connection to one’s mind.
The characters, which still show resemblances to motifs of deities, have been going through the artist’s transformation in order to tell stories and uncover their representation of feelings and emotions. Aditya Aryal came to the conclusion that re-interpreting the traditional imagery with different expressions could lead to new perspectives and possibilities of reflecting one’s own perception of different realities and their consequences. As society and religion constructed ideas of emotions, which have been reproduced through time individually and therefore been given a long lasting stronghold, the artist believes, that any transformation of those categories could lead to new visions of seeing and connecting with oneself. On the way of searching himself through his creations, Aditya Aryal uses repetitive elements like phallus symbols, skulls and Mudras and gives each detail, similar to the tradition in Thanka, an equally meaningful position in the whole composition. Those references, which are often combined with elements in order to challenge existing religious dogmata and question social morality, play an important role for the artist’s position and the deconstruction of his own identity. This approach finally leads to infinite possibilities of self-definition and creative production.