By Sejal Surendra Sood
At Sofitel So Bangkok
Sofitel So Bangkok and Sejal Surendra Sood announced dates for the inaugural
“Reflective Echoes” art exhibition, reinforcing the hotel's commitment to art, design, and
Using repetitive movement as a starting point for this latest series of oils on canvas, Sejal
Surendra Sood reflects on the concept of disappearing into meditative space while rooted
in reality. Her visceral works utilize the surrender of the mind to the space inhabited at
that point of time and the freedom that comes with that surrender. A classically trained
dancer, Sejal channels the meditative state induced through her movements to blur the
lines between her dancing and her art; and between her as a performer and the spectator.
The artist explores three concepts: reflection through repetition; freedom through
repetition; and becoming one with the space, hence Reflective Echoes. The
repetition (of the spinning dance move) gives her the knowledge, the comfort and the
confidence to repeat over and over again the same movement, much like all in nature.
That deep meditative space is where her artworks of dancers caught in ‘a moment in
time’ spring from; movements that are sometimes blurry and at others sharp echoing the
Her focus essentially is the universality of movement, its relevance to life and the sheer
beauty of it. A part of repeating a movement is in the surrendering, letting your body take
over, letting your entire being just exists and move without any instruction - something
that we all do but never stop to think about. Sejal pauses long enough to transfer these
An MIT trained mathematician Sejal also delves into her Indian heritage for inspiration.
Her vision is also influenced by the power of mathematics that is her first love. To
paraphrase Bertrand Russell ‘mathematics is capable of an artistic excellence as great as
that of any music, because it gives in absolute perfection that combination, characteristic
of great art, of godlike freedom, with the sense of inevitable destiny; because, in fact, it
constructs an ideal world where everything is perfect but true.”
The “Reflective Echoes” art exhibition will be open to the public from June 12th to 12th
July 2014 at the Street Lobby on the ground floor of Sofitel So Bangkok.