I’ve been in India for the past two months on a research trip of sorts, poking my fingers in unlikely places, in an intuitive and unstructured way. I’m looking for approaches to abstraction outside the West, historic and contemporary, and across media – in painting and sculpture, but also across architecture, music, dance, poetry, and other art forms. We have ancient, unbroken, living artistic traditions in India that are continually being reinvented, and so I’ve been attending classical music concerts by a younger generation of performers to understand where these older forms are at present. Very little is documented in India, and so I love speaking to an older generation of artists and intellectuals. They are oral historians of sorts, walking-talking archives, aunties, and uncles who become friends. They tend to be generous with their time and knowledge. In these spaces, I’m just asking questions, and listening.