Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however they may seem, uniquely determined by the external world. In our endeavor to understand reality we are somewhat like a man trying to understand the mechanism of a closed watch. He sees the face and the moving hands, even hears its ticking, but he has no way to open the case. If he is ingenious he may form some picture of a mechanism which could be responsible for all of the things he observes, but he may never be quite sure his picture is the only one which could explain his observations. He will never be able to compare his picture with the real mechanism and he cannot even imagine the possibility or the meaning of such a comparison. But he certainly believes that, as his knowledge increases, his picture of reality will become simpler and simpler and will explain a wider and wider range of his sensuous impressions. He may also believe in the existence of the ideal limit of knowledge and that it is approached by the human mind. He may call this ideal limit the objective truth.” Albert Einstein

‘Funnily enough this was said about physical concepts… I would again say this applies to art as well. Art is the creation of the mind – and is not necessarily determined by the external world. We may try and depict or understand what we see (through art) but (as we learnt from your installation on the line and the curve and the story of the six blind men) we may never be quite sure that what we perceive is the only way to explain what is there… but as our knowledge increases, we reach a limit where we believe art becomes the truth. And I’ll say we ‘believe’ art becomes true because again, we can never say for sure’.  Yashodara Udupa

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