Harvest – Cleaning Rice


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The warlis extremely rudimentary paintings uses a circle, a triangle and a square. The circle and triangle come from their observation of nature, the circle representing the sun and the moon, the triangle derived from mountains and pointed trees. Only the square seems to obey a different logic and seems to be a human invention, indicating a sacred enclosure or a piece of land. Human and animal bodies are represented by two triangles joined at the tip; the upper triangle depicts the trunk and the lower triangle the pelvis. Their precarious equilibrium symbolizes the balance of the universe. Warli art reflects the tribal philosophies and culture. This distinct style depicts the everyday life of the people keeping in mind the humans and nature share the same space and the peaceful coexistence. In this artwork, Mashe shows the everyday activity of cleaning rice in a simple stick like depiction of a single color which is the signature style of the community. The circular formation of the design represents the Warli philosophy of life and universe, which has neither an end nor a beginning - an eternal circle.