Blood lines by Rekha Sameer



Bleeding Lines

(soft pastel, pen, and sandstone)

From my palms, they seamlessly flow

Lines I cut sharp into stone

Too soon I come to rest

As  dust on the sandstones

Will you sing my song As you look up and walk

On stones that I cut cut cut.

This work is a statement about the laborers who chisel lines individually into sandstones every day for most of their lives. They inherit the work from their fathers and are lucky to survive beyond their 40s. It seemed poetically ironic that as they carve the lines, the lines and ridges from their own palms diminish, literally as well as metaphorically. Though the site was the majestic historic Mehrangarh Fort, it was the laborer’s quiet sense of pride in their small contribution/sacrifice to the heritage of the Fort that was evocative and humbling.


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