Satyagraha, the non-violent goddess, is a piece that gratifies Martin Luther King Jr and his struggle for justice. Born out of the norms and principles of Luther King and Gandhi that consider Non Violence as a powerful weapon to justice, this figure represents a goddess that symbolizes non-violence and Satyagraha or ‘truth force’.
Martin Luther King was a practicing Christian who struggled to provide justice and destroy oppression in USA. He admired Gandhi a non-violent social activist that used peaceful path to fight oppression. Gandhi was interestingly inspired by Christian philosophy and a non-violent classic written by Leo Tolstoy called the kingdom of god is within you. Therefore I made this lady figure inspired by these leaders and their inspirations and the figures of Mother Mary, Dryad, Bhudevi the Hindu Goddess of earth. She stands on this glass mural like a religious figure with one hand holding the weapon of non-violence, the gun with a tied knot, another left hand releasing the dove-a bird representing freedom and peace, one right hand blessing with the symbol of ahimsa while the other holds the branch of the neem tree,a tree that gives joy impartially. She grows the leaves of impartiality providing shelter to all irrespective of color, gender, caste, religion, group etc.
What can actually commemorate Martin Luther king? Gandhi once said that to honor him one need not worship his photograph or dote him, rather he wishes one to follow his principals and devote to his norms. Similarly Martin Luther King wants his children to recall his words and follow. Hence, this figure is made for people to recall Martin Luther king Jr. She inscribes his quotes on her belly, the most important being that one should never ignore the bad and good happening in the world. Therefore, I record all the oppression and the struggle that happened in the world- the Montgomery boycott, the Dandi March, the civil rights march, the black slavery, the stealing of their babies etc. She spreads light with vibrant colors for Martin’s words say that only light can drive out dark, only peace and drive out violence.