Sunanda Khajuria

Sunanda Khajuria


“Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.”

Thích Nhất Hạnh


Moving Landscapes is the conclusion of my experiences with different times and places that I

have explored during my travels in Asian countries. I call these painted and crafted experiences

--- ‘Moving Landscapes’. I feel a deep connection with the natural world and its thousand

mysterious secrets. Time and place are an important factor in these works. According to the

great master Andy Goldsworthy, ‘time and change are connected to place. Real change is best

understood by staying in one place.’ When I travel, I see differences rather than changes. Time

always casts a fresh flow of energy, and place always preserves it. Sometimes we are able to

feel the process of change or sometimes we can see only changes in Nature.

Why do landscapes ‘move’ for me? In this suite of Moving Landscapes each and every

element is affected with time and place. Nothing is still--- even stones, rivers, mountains, air,

the moon, the stars; everything has its own breath, its own life and its death. All objects move

according to their energy and speed.As St. Augustine said, “If no one asks me about Time, I

know all about it; but if someone asks, I know nothing about it. It is difficult to sense, as it is so

closely linked with our lives, flowing in the same current.”

If we wish to understand this concept in detail, we need to understand Daoist philosophy.

Within the Daoist philosophy this gradual moment of change is described through the term--

“transformation”. Transformation is intrinsic to life and therefore it is central to Daoist

philosophy. Transformation refers to the human cycle of birth, growth, and death, but also to

the continuous cycle of Nature, through seasons and phases. This process of change reveals

that one ends up at the same point as where one began.

For the Moving Landscapes project I was deeply attached to Chinese culture, tradition,

language. This immersion was really very helpful for me to understand my own investigations

and ideas. I also learnt Chinese traditional techniques of painting --of brush, ink, paper etc.

through the practice of calligraphy. It has given me a positive energy in my hand, and I have

learnt how to control my mind and heart at the same time. This was a very unique practice for

me to understand how to give expression to moving energy in nature.


(Chinese Painting: Philosophy, Theory, and the Pursuit of Cultivation through the Dao by

Elizabeth Reynolds)

Self Introduction:

My name is Sunanda Khauria. I was born in Panthal, Jammu / India. I completed B.F.A.

(Painting) from Institute of Music and Fine Art, Jammu in 2002, and M.F.A. (painting) from

College of Art, New Delhi, in 2005. After that I engaged with advance research program in China

Academy of Fine Art, Hangzhou, China. There I did learnt Chinese language and Chinese

traditional art. During the same time I also attend few residency and workshop. Last year I

received a Chinese government scholarship award, now I have an opportunity to start my PhD

and continuously an am doing a research on Chinese and Asian culture and art as

Explanation of my artwork:

With systematic training in art, I have become more interested in understanding the emotional

and psychological states of human nature and explore the possibilities of its visualization in my

work. This process generally begins with taking a queue from the mundane and trying to look

into nature and constitution of human situations, desires and aspirations. As a culmination of

this complex and extend process, I understand, that my work ultimately attains a reality of its

own. A reality that is a sum total of what I see, react to, think perceive, memorize, personalize

and feel like externalizing as a visible manifestation.

However , with whichever the resource I draw my imagination from or whatever the reasons

stimulating me to start and evolve my work , I always try to stay within the parameters of

descent , positive and socially acceptable aesthetics . I strongly believe that in the name of

creativity one does not drift into an attitude of selfish individualism that seeks only private joy.