Sarika Goulatia

 

Sarika Goulatia

Sarika Goulatia was born in India and earned a masters in textile design and development there. She has done residencies in rural India, England, Hong Kong and the United States. Goulatia immigrated to the United States in 2002, and shortly thereafter she changed her career path, earning a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. As a diaspora artist her work stems from the intersection of her dual national identity, a synergy that allows her to break through cultural barriers. Goulatia is best known for her large-scale visceral sculptures and installations that touch on the frailty of human experience, often drawing on personal challenges and socio-political and cultural issues affecting our society.

sometimes forgotten, sometimes remembered; the tribulations and afflictions never erased…
birth and death
the only certainty
coexisting
every breath taken a breath reduced
death – a constant trigger
life -our actions always to fight it
death -the absence of a human
their presence
in every object, in every action, in every thought
never forgotten.
always alive in our hearts
eyes closed
the whiff of perfume, aftershave, sweat
lingers
they are present
they are there
catharsis
drill holes, pierce pins, draw
narrating the story of pain
does pain relieve pain?
the pain of loss –
cry or celebrate and honor
those who live in our hearts and memories
their presence felt always
the missing comes as unconsciously as breathing…a dichotomy
meditate
pay homage to people who live in our hearts
the pain never gone
you learn to live with the stabbing sensation
the constant piercing pain of a pin
depicting the story of loss
is it cathartic?
why are we scared of death
is death a taboo topic
losing people brings you closer to what?
our own demise…certain
we live, we wait and we die a little everyday
to the reality that we too shall pass
in the fear of dying do we really live?
are we afraid of death?
death is the only certainty
we miss those who leave us
sometimes forgotten, sometimes remembered; the tribulations and afflictions never erased…