||Patel's work reveals a certain single-mindedness in this respect
that is visible even in recent works, l;ike image in search of
images. Early in the 60's Jeram, Patel starts experimenting with
incision created on wood through the action of a blowlamp. The
scorched, pitted surface is then worked over with enamel paint,
sometimes coupled with plastic emulsion, tin sheets and nails.
Patel's statement is revealing of his aim; "Nobody can create
anything, the only thing one can do is destroy, things". These
works reveal the quality of a primal encounter between the
artists subjectivity and the material in a process that has
overtones of painfully erotic combat.