- There is actually a history and connection really between mathematics and art. I remember sharing an article with you about it. But you yourself have also continuously explored that connection. It is that connection which I find most interesting. You have explored Tantra, concepts of chance and probability through the dhaayakattam
or Tamil name for dice among other things. Can you speak a bit about that particular connection that you sometimes explore?
Arvind - Yes, it is a fascinating history. Right from the beginning of my career my works had a strong connection with art history. I personally think giving a little nod to the history adds a very interesting layer to the work. Tantric paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries are a great inspiration for me. These tantric paintings involve many rules and I find them interesting. It is like a predecessor to Sol Lewitt's Drawing instructions. For example, when the Tantric painting shows Kali, the artist will use a red inverted triangle resembling Kali’s tongue. Likewise there are many stock images and colours in the Tantric tradition. I find this system of art-making fascinating. Yes, I also made a series of works with Dayakattai or Indian dice. I saw a pair of Dayakattai at my ancestral home and I wanted to make work out of it. When we talk about dice, the first thing that comes to mind is probability. I made a work with it which deals with probability. When we look at it from the perspective of history we can connect it with Indian mythology.