21 thoughts on “Who’s in the cage…?”

  1. Since all art is self exploratory i guess this is/was you

    the girl/woman trapped in the golden cage

  2. This was ME trapped not in Golden cage but an iron cage painted in gold!! And I was too dumb to see the gilded cage and believed it was the world!!

  3. There was an important and revolutionary psychological experiment conducted many years ago with monkeys which you may be referring to?

    monkeys trapped in a cage start seeing that as the world, the whole universe and they saw the cage as entrapping everybody who was staring at them from the outside rather than something they themselves were confined in.
    while the onlookers-often fellow monkeys- saw the monkeys as those trapped in the cage as the becharas. So after a while it was hard to tell who was in the cage because they both seemed deceived by the cage and in so in essence they no longer could figure out who was on the outside/inside or vice versa

    So the supposed entrapment in the cage is a two way syndrome and a psychological illusion that has proven to be right in human beings as well. Confinement entrapment being caged etc is ultimately a self created illusion/delusion

  4. i see a woman leaping out of the cage emreging bold and strong.
    infact i dont see the cage at all and would not have commented on it if not for the title-who’s in the cage

  5. It is aa mental vision of one’s own self as one imagines sometimes.But
    the encaged person appears liberated and toying with the cage with
    non-challenge as the face is marked by calmness and serenity.
    It is perhaps a liberated soul trying to encage itself for fun!

  6. The real cage is the mind. It has got nothing to do with the body. The mind and its associative thoughts makes a person either timid or courageous. End of the day, timidity and courage are just expressions of the same root called ‘thought’. Its just a matter of personal choice which brings in totally distinctive results.

    Suchitra, this is for you……

    Here is my interpretation….. the woman in the picture(who ever it may represent) is yet to be totally free from bondage. The freedom which she thinks she has attained(the broken cage with bent rods) is just at the level of the intellect….which again is playing a game of deception.

    The crossed legs (firmly clasped with the hand):

    Why should the woman be crossing her legs when she is absolutely one with nature? There would be no feelings like shame,guilt,loneliness,stubbornness when someone is true to one’s self. Being naked means accepting the totality of being where there is no such mental demarkation of good and bad. Here, though the woman seems to be naked, it is only at the physical level. Mentally, the woman is still stubborn and is carrying the weight of the world in her head.

    The key point is…. “the cage is still there” and it is still “unbroken” “with the woman firmly encased inside”.

    The “woman(in the picture) is the mind” of the painter(Suchitra) herself which is still bound by society and its accompanying gaze.

  7. this is my favouritest painting of all times. I see a completely poised woman, within the restraints of the space that she occupies, and looking out with crystal clear eyes that depict detachment peace and nonchalance ))))
    way to go baby…. shine!

  8. Asray

    Maybe she wouldnt fit in the cage if her legs were extended. How else would you sit in a confined space? Please enlighten us

    what we see emerges from our own thoughts
    “Why should the woman be crossing her legs when she is absolutely one with nature? There would be no feelings like shame,guilt,loneliness,stubbornness when someone is true to one’s self. Being naked means accepting the totality of being where there is no such mental demarkation of good and bad. Here, though the woman seems to be naked, it is only at the physical level. Mentally, the woman is still stubborn and is carrying the weight of the world in her head”

    So i assume that these are the thoughts of Asray Acharya and not Suchitra Krishnamoorthi

  9. Hey Nisha, Suchitra’s Bloggy Guard !

    I think women wear their skirts around their waists. Some women seems to wear them on their heads. I wish you are not one amongst the few ‘reverse anatomy’ women.

    You need to realize the fact that I was having a dialogue with Suchitra and not with anybody else on this blog. Everybody contributed with their own views and opinions to Suchitra…and…so am I. I think it is so inappropriate for you to bug in and dole out on what I’ve said.

    The most important point is….for most of the visitors here, the painting is only a superficial, tangible expression of Suchitra’s matrix of thoughts and experiences. Nothing wrong with that. For me….I repeat….for me…what fascinates is the operating priciple or the axis of her thought matrix. I’m least bothered about her opinions,postings on various issues,her poems,her paintings etc.,. I’m only concerned about the process, not the product. If you could intimately observe the intricate structure of my comments your response would be carrying a different dimension.

    I repeat…regarding my posted comment on Suchitra’s painting, that’s not meant for you or anybody else here as it requires a different level of vision and understanding.

    I say all this because you’ve requested to ‘Enlighten You’. Its fine to read under the light. Don’t ever try to read under ‘Lightning’.

    See U.

  10. I think its the portrayal of all womankind, entrapped in a cage for centuries, who finally managed to come out of it,brimming with hope and confidence(as shown on the face of the woman). Nevertheless, the cage is still behind them, trying to change its form( rods of the cage curving along the woman’s body…..new forms of entrapment in the modern world), ready to entrap her anytime, but the woman is unfazed by her past, she has left it behind,does not look back and just moves on.

  11. hi,
    My 2 cents. I like few not all of your paintings. An artists interpretation of his/her painting is appreciated.The ‘Flowers in wind’ is one good piece where i see the flow of wind and the fragileness of flowers captured, but cant understand why the dirty water, as commented by others it is not one that brings any freshness, bad mix of colors…I am no artist but can understand effect of colors.

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