The artist Dr. Thiru has developed a collection of photos of what he calls “Art That People Step On.” Because many of the photos contain images that are hard to understand, he calls images works of “Unitelligiblistic Art.” Like most people, the artist has walked at least a few thousand miles until this point in time in his life. Also like most people, he did not pay much attention to patterns of art that he used to step on or walk over.
The quest for the OM symbol resulted in the development of the “Art That People Step On” collection of photos of “Unitelligiblistic Art”.
At the end of the year 2016, Dr. Thiru started noticing other patterns in spills, leaks, stains, smudges, splatter, spit and weathered, eroded and repaired portions of sidewalks and other paved and semi-paved areas that people generally step on without paying much attention. To his curious mind and eyes, some of the patterns looked like works of art. Soon he started noticing more and more ‘works of art’ as he walked on paved, semi-paved and unpaved surfaces. Using the camera in his smart phone, he started taking pictures of the artistic patterns that he observed in such areas.
Some of the skills that Dr. Thiru has used to identify patterns of art in what appears to be dirty looking areas include focused observation, identifying patterns, making connections, rotational visualization, asking questions, curiosity, creativity, and imagination.
Viewers’ interpretations of what the pictures are and the artist’s interpretations may be quite different, and this is perfectly okay. Everyone perceives things differently, based on their prior knowledge, experiences and cultural perspectives.
If the pictures provoke some conversations among strangers, acquaintances, friends and family members who view them, that will make Dr. Thiru happy.