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Heat and Dust Painting

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ashima sethi

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Heat and Dust Painting By: Ashima sethi 10b Aim of painting to illustrate the main themes and ideas reflected in the book Heat and Dust
to use colors and textures to express emotions
to create an overall abstract view of important points raised in the book Breakdown of elements involved the colors. colors of the painting were inspired by colors brought out by the book, mainly those that described the setting.
the title of the book itself- "Heat and Dust" provided me with inspiration when choosing colors.
linked to words like: hot, intensity, pressure, decay, earth, dirt
linked to phrases like: "heat of the moment" (strong emotion for a brief period of time) and "bites the dust" (death)
colors that correspond to these emotions, where the main colors i chose for my painting. The use of warm and earthy tones to highlight parts of the painting.
in addition, there is also the use of contrast colors (in this case cold colors) as in the book there is often descriptions of settings involving a mixture of both warm colors and cool colors.
Quote: (page 90)
"She went to the window. The sun was beating down of
course — the gold dome of the Nawab's mosque gave out
blinding beams — but the lawns were sparkling green and the
fountains, refracting the sun's rays, dazzled with light and
water. In the distance, beyond the pearl-grey Palace walls, lay the town in a miserable stretch of broken roofs, and beyond
that the barren land: but why look that far?"
Ideas expressed: The eye linked to words like: attention, expression, appreciation, vision
Included in various phrases: "eyes at the back of your head"= awareness, "turn a blind eye"= opposite, not being aware
symbolism: eyes are known as windows of the soul
incorporated into painting because of the fact that a lot of the book is based on points of view and really being aware of new environments and people.
Quote: (page 92)
"As the Nawab's eyes were at that moment so fully lookinginto hers, she saw an expression in them which he mightnormally have taken care to hide."

Flags
A Flag represents Identity
the flags represent culture clash as it is experienced in the book.
England and India are two very different nations that have two very distinct cultures and as illustrated in the book, sometimes they do not mesh well.
the two protagonists both experience a merging of the two cultures, in the form of their own lives and experiences.
The Flags were drawn within the eye to show the awareness and somewhat acceptance of a new culture
Tears linked to words like: cry, emotional, upset
a few events in the book are described to be tragic and upsetting
teardrops themselves are clearand could symbolize emotional rawness and purity
I included it in the painting because emotion plays a large part and tears are brought out by intense raw emotion and this is illustrated in the book.
Quote: (page 130)
'Are these dew drops on the rose or are they tears?...his voice was full of emotion — a sort of mixture of reverence and nostalgia. And afterwards he sighed:'It gets you,' he said. 'It really does.'


The Heart linked to words like: emotion, feelings, character, affection, love
sets the main idea for the basis of all emotion in the book- there is a lot of detail about feelings and thoughts
The heart is said to symbolize the soul
I placed the heart within the eye because the eyes are the 'windows to the soul' and the heart itself is 'the soul' - the idea of layers of a persons emotion
The heart in the painting mainly represents the intense emotion in the book, especially that of love and its troubles.
Quote: (page 75)
"Douglas loved her more than ever at this time, if that were possible.
Inarticulate by nature, sometimes he reached such a pitch of high emotion that he felt he had to express it: but his feelingswere always too strong for him and made him stutter."


Time linked to words like: events, force, moment, lifetime, season
Time never stopping and always churning forward is a theme in the book.
More importantly, it is set around two time periods (1920s and 70s) with dual storylines that share similiarities and differences and overlap and switch back and forth according to events.
The reader ends up shadowing the narrator on her journey that shares many similiarities as Olivia's in the 20s.
Time is represented by a clock as it is a universal indicator for time.
I felt it was important to include Time in the painting because it remains one of the biggest themes in the book with the storyline(s) revolving around the back and forth between time periods
religion Linked to words like: beliefs, worship, personal, devotion
Religion plays a pivotal role in the book as it also contributes to the main idea of culture clash.
In the painting, the two cultures are represented by their own religious symbols. These symbols are universal and easy to indentify, hence the use of them in my painting.
The author uses religion as a catalyst in emphasizing the differences between two nations (reference to flags) and cultures. The idea is more emphasized with talk about religion because of the fact that religion is directly somebody’s beliefs and opinions about life and living, which adds a personal level.
The best example of the differences between religion is highlighted in the book is the character of Chid and his beliefs that progress and change within the book.
Quote:
Chid has come back. He is so changed that at first I could not recognise him. He no longer wears his orange robe but has acquired a pair of khaki pants and a shirt and a pair of shoes. Beads and begging bowl have also gone and his shaved hair is beginning to grow back in tiny bristles. From a Hindu ascetic he has become what I can only describe as a Christian boy. The transformation is more than outward. He has become very quiet — not only does he not talk in his former strain but he hardly talks at all.
I decided to incorporate the aspects of religion into my painting because it remained a basis for action and thoughts of the characters. Religion remains a motif throughout the book.

X Linked to words like: indication, unknown, wrong
X is used to represent something unknown or unspecified
The use of X by the author was to name an unspecified last location where Olivia decided to go- all the reader knows is that it is somewhere on a mountain.
Incorporated into the painting because it was a topic of debate within our group, and it turned out to emphasize a big change in the book. This unknown location created the basis of how the story breaks away from the similar dual storylines, and in turn has two different endings.
The mountain itself is interesting, as it is high up and colder and remains far away from the ‘heat and dust’ of the villages and cities. As the specific location is unknown to readers, we can understand that it might symbolize a person’s climb through life and the unknown challenges they might face.
Quote (156)
“I have taken a room in the town of X and live there in thesame way I did in Satipur”
Linked to words like: restrain, links, confine, and freedom (lack of)
The protagonist (Olivia) faces many social constraints and restrictions in her journey through life and the book. These restrictions are brought out by society and beliefs (reference to culture and religion).
The chains represent her struggles to overcome them and to break out from society stereotypes. This idea is an important theme in the book and I felt it needed to be incorporated in the painting. The idea could easily be communicated through the illustration of chains within her eyes as it represents her soul be constricted and restricted.
Chains In Conclusion.
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