Pyar Hi Jeevan Hai (love is life)
Belle Shafir was deeply moved by the warmth, easy camaraderie, and purity of the ordinary people in Modinagar, that contrasted with her experiences in the capitalist/militarist state of Israel. She made a shrine for love ‘Pyar hi Jeevan Hai’ (love is life), in a quiet corner near the pond, surrounded by mango trees. Around one totemic trunk, decorated with garlands, a primitive bark carving and drawings, she smoothed and smeared the egg shaped land with Sindhur mixed with milk. Around this was a garland of dried leaves. Fragile and ecologically aware, the work was filled with stray details of stitched leaves that were scattered around.