When Gregor Samsa, the protagonist of Franz Kafka\u2019s 1915 novella The Metamorphosis, wakes up one winter morning, he finds that he has turned into a monstrous vermin. What follows is a state of complete alienation, which eventually leads Samsa to breathe his last. The story has been adapted several times over the years as a feature film, opera, play, etc. Very few, however, have tried to decipher the reason behind Samsa\u2019s metamorphosis. And this is what New Delhi-based architect-turned-artist Rohit Raj Mehndiratta explores in his collection of artworks titled Navigating Mindscapes. \u201cI was interested in what actually led to Samsa's transformation into a vermin. Was it a dream the previous night? Or was it just a manipulation by his subconscious? I wanted to find answers to these questions through (Sigmund) Freud's concepts. It's much deeper than just a dream,\u201d the 45-year-old says. With Navigating Mindscapes, Mehndiratta takes a novel and multilateral path, marrying Freud\u2019s ideas and Kafka's works on a canvas. He uses the visual medium for a close examination of existential concepts such as alienation, sub-conscious identity, among others. \u201cI have used three different mediums\u2014pen and ink, oil and acrylic, photograph and digital media\u2014to do so. The idea was to show as many forms as I could. Each medium gave me the freedom to express the concepts differently,\u201d the artist says. The Unconscious\u2014a colossal work of oil and acrylic, resembling the bark of a century-old oak tree\u2014is one of the more interesting artworks of the collection. \u201cA lot of people have said it looks like the bark of a tree. For me, it\u2019s more of a journey between the \u2018id\u2019, \u2018ego\u2019 and \u2018super ego\u2019 (three agents in the psychic apparatus defined in Sigmund Freud\u2019s structural model of the psyche) to find that perfect balance of the mind,\u201d the artist tells Financial Express, adding, \u201cThe \u2018id\u2019 is the narcissistic bit. It\u2019s always selfish, self-centered and consumed in its own gratification. The other two, \u2018ego\u2019 and \u2018super ego\u2019, try to balance out the actions of \u2018id\u2019. That\u2019s how conscious actions and morality come into existence.\u201d Mehndiratta\u2019s Navigating Mindscapes was displayed recently at Arpana Caur Art Gallery in the national capital.