SAMANTA  BATRA  MEHTA
Antonym:Synonym:Homonym
2013
Decoupage on painted wooden objects ('chowki' and mirror-box)
15 x 17 x 17 inches
In 'Rites of Passage' and 'Antonym:Synonym:Homonym" the artist evokes childhood memory, identity & motherhood. The work casts reflection her being in a constant state of flux due to her migration from India even while accepting that her adopted foreign land is the only home that her children know. It is a play on the words being 'routed' and being 'rooted'. A 'rite of passage' usually refers to a family ritual milestone such as births, coming of age, marriage, death. The title "Antonym:Synonym:Homonym" comes from grammar usage in the English language. Antonyms are words that have the opposite meaning; Synonyms are words that share meanings with each other; homonyms are words that are similar sounding but have different meanings. Leaving her homeland and raising a young family involves creating a new life, creating new traditions and rituals which acquire altering meanings when not in the context of the milieu the artist was raised in.