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Installation Views, Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan & Rohtas 2 Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan, 2018

Fractured Cosmos is an investigation of cosmic interconnectedness through patterns in nature, the human brain, cosmos, and man made geometric patterns. The meta narrative of the work is about a transcendent identity and cosmic unity in this global age of conflict and divisiveness. 

The dendrites and neural networks in our brains form patterns identical to the intergalactic cosmic web networks. Scientific research shows that the cosmic web and the human brain are more like each other than the cosmic web is to the interior of a galaxy or the neural network is to the interior of a neuronal body. 

The concept of the universe as a giant brain with fractal patterns as the blueprint of all creation has been the subject of scientific study. The patterns in nature correspond to different geometric shapes and their principles of construction are the same in which the Islamic geometric patterns used in South Asian art and architecture are created, leading to the theory of Sacred Geometry that identifies our oneness.

Drawings of fractured tree parts and rocks/agates with branches and dendrite networks growing from them are juxtaposed with geometric patterns, reorganizing similar and disparate elements to create new systems. Just as nature is malleable, constantly changing and adapting, fragments of disparate elements are combined to create new structures as a metaphor for creating new realities from broken parts and destructive experiences.

This project originated as an experience with nature, its energy and visual wonders, meditations on our innermost being and outermost mysteries of the universe, and how it is all interconnected. In a world stricken with increasing conflict and violence pouring out from all media converging with one’s personal’s traumas and struggles, an experience with nature and meditative practices provide a means for reflection, a pause, and a much needed break from life. Bringing this experience to art, the goal of the Fractured Cosmos project is to create an altered, imagined reality where fragments of patterns derived from nature studies and geometric patterns are woven together to create a web of networks and pathways in a simulation of cosmic interconnectedness.