Ascension, 2011; gouache on paper
In the legend, Sohni drowns when the pot she's using as a buoy crumbles away in the water. But in the Sufi and Bhakti traditions of the subcontinent, great love can translate into a connection with God. In this work, Arpana Caur depicts Sohni's transcendence from the mortal world in the form of ghostly white legs, floating up out of the picture, sometimes trailing blood. Love thus triumphs over death.