94(h.) x 70(l.) x 60 (b.) in. I 236 x 178 x 152 cm
In "Measurement from evaporating oceans" a tool used for measurement in the physical world attempts to calculate the intangible. An over-sized hand estimates the evidence spiralling out of a static centre with seemingly random dates that in actuality mark the commencement and closure of what are ironically called "independence wars". The desire to render these dates in salt as units of time in history can be seen as meditations on fragility where a broken line of trust or prejudiced perceptions introduce a disruptive element.
Through an interlacing of material, form and scale, Reena Kallat's work has often tangentially explored the psychological borders that exist between people, which she believes create detachment and divergence greater than those created by physical borders. Salt has been a vital part of ceremonial-offerings as a symbol of incorruptible purity and immortality and there are numerous Biblical and Buddhist references to salt. Since ancient times in many cultures salt has been used as a preservative invoking notions of time.
Kallat recalls Gandhi's usage of salt as a symbolic tool for resistance during the Indian Independence movement. The fluids in our bodies mimic the primeval seas in which life began and we've perhaps retained the salts in our bloodstreams. Salinity could be both material and metaphor to enlist the narratives of war and human fallibility in the form of a ceremonious floor drawing.