“We are born with nothing and we will return to nothing,” says Indian visual artist Michelle Poonawalla pensively, of the intricacies of her kinetic artwork titled ‘From Dust to Dust’ that had spectators enthralled at the Art.Lab held in World Art Dubai recently. A surreal decoder of the ongoing pandemic, Michelle’s creation depicts the slow and precise disintegration of a single rose before the petals metamorphosize into butterflies.

Pivoted on the universal theme of how nature humbles humanity, the artwork is a labour of love shaped carefully using a digital stop motion video technique. The contained hues of the rose, the floral artistry in the precise assembly of petals and sepals that unfurl slowly, starting from a geometric, non-cohesive cluster, showcase her keen and astute eye for detail. “Even though my artwork shows the disintegration of a rose, it was important for all individual elements composing the visual language to be inherently beautiful,” explains Michelle. “Each aspect of the rose is made up of tessellating butterflies.

Shilpi Madan for Deccan Herald

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