I am a multidisciplinary artist from Bangalore, studied in MS University. Currently practicing in Bangalore, Karnaraka. My work has developed in number of ways over the years yet from the very beginning of my art practice, I have workded in Painting, Printmaking, Installation, Video Art and Live/ Performance art. My intention is to blend these mediums into an interdisciplinary language.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

A wonderful Experience, National Printmaking Camp - 2011

National Printmaking Camp organized by Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi at Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh (Chhattisgarh) was my first National Printmaking camp that was attended by Mr. Jaikrishna Agarwal, Mr. Anandmoy Banerji, Mr. V.Nagdas, Mrs. Asma Menon, Mr. Mahesh Prajapati, Mr. Aftab Ahmed, Mr. Salil Sahani, Mr. Bijoy Velekkatte, Miss Dimple Bhupatrai Shah & Mr. Sudhakar Chippa. Being the youngest participant of the camp, it was a wonderful experience. Working with senior artists from different parts of the country and students of Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, was as if I was in the middle of two generation. I was amazed with the fact that being in the remote part of central India the graphic department was well equipped with some good facilities for printmaking mediums like lithography, silkscreen and etching. I think it was helpful for both artist and the students, especially for students since they could see some different techniques from artists who were specialized in photo etching and other mediums. 

Apart from technical skills I believe it also gave students an opportunity to understand works of senior artists. During the camp participants made presentations of their journey in the art field and showed their works, I believe that would have also helped students (upcoming artist) to look art in a broader perspective. The works of students were very impressive, there command over skill & mediums was something that I noticed was good. The most interesting part of the camp was enthusiasm and curiosity among the students to learn and understand techniques which created a live environment for interactions and sharing of ideas between artist and students and the camp was filled with lot of positive energy. In the middle of this somewhere in my heart I was wondering that most of the art schools in India give good training in developing skill and draftsmanship to the students, but they lack to give theoretical knowledge that develops language of expression.

On personal level this camp gave me an opportunity to interact with artist on various issues relating to art and also about their works. It was very interesting to have a dialogue with senior artists like Mr. Jai Krishna Agarwal one of the senior most artists in the camp and discuss various issue of art. While discussing on performance art he gave a good example about a theater person Richard Schechner who traveled India with his new concept of theater to involve general audience as part of the play not dividing the line of stage and audience space but then he discovered in one of the Ram Lilia festival that the whole city was involved in this play, then he wrote a book titled-From The Ramlila To The Avant-garde (1983). One more important discussion that was interesting was with an artist who came from Jammu Kashmir, who used Arabic scripts in his works.

He used Arabic script to express his thoughts with minimal touch of calligraphy in his work. One more important artist who did engraving was Mr. Salil Sahani, who almost sculpted zinc plate. Also it was interesting to see how Mrs. Asma Menon while working on plate took full liberty of experimenting with Zinc plate. A full force of act came from Mr. Anandmoy Banerji who acted as energy booster for students while working on various mediums like Etching, Silkscreen and Lithography, showing possibilities to students on respective mediums. The best part of the camp was sharing my art work with artists, discuss various aspects of my work and get their feedback. I think for students my presentation would have been helpful since I not only shared my printmaking works but also showed them my performances, installations and I feel that would have given them an insight to know possibility of other language of expression and experimenting with different mediums. I am thankful to Lalit Kala Academy for recognizing me and providing me this opportunity.

In my opinion more such opportunities should be provided to artist from younger generation, it will be an advantage to expand their thought process and help them continue their art practice, since these kinds of camps gives moral support to an artist for being a part of art community at large.

Photographs by: Prof. Nagdas Velayudhan

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Contemporary Voices - Compiled from interviews by Waswo X. Waswo

In early August I asked a selection of younger artists to talk about their work via answering a short questionnaire. All of these artists have been, or currently are, highly involved with printmaking as a medium. The artists questioned were: B. Karuna, Dhruv Sonar, Dimple Shah, Jagadeesh T.R., Kurma Nadham, L.N. Bhuvaneshwari, Maripelly Praveen Goud, Prathap Modi, Moutushi, Neeraj Singh Khandka, Prabhakar Alok, Preeti Agrawal, Rajan Fulari, Rajesh Deb, Soghra Khurasani, and Srikanta Paul. Below are selections from their varied responses.

L.N. Bhuvaneshwari:  My imagery has often been things like motorcycles and ceiling fans. Reality can never be completely reproduced, so I grew curious about what happens to the essence of an image when it is bent and squiggled by the human hand. The cement and metal plants of a factory, the automobiles...hard iron and jagged-edged reality gained strangely soft edges when isolated from their harsh surroundings. But my fascination with machines didn't end there. In some ways they seemed essential, in others, senseless. Reality became fraught with uncertainties, paradoxes, limited joys and infinite anguish, all speeding towards an unknown direction, a symbolic representation of human progress, destructibility, creative goodness and its inherent evil. Carving, etching and printing became to me a means of seeking harmony and integration.

Maripelly Praveen Goud:  I am more fascinated with science, technology and mathematics. I use science diagrams, schematic drawings, circuits, electrical elements and other images in my prints. I started working on portraits (the black portrait series) and gradually made them more conceptual. Always my works questioned “originality”. For example, one of my prints which is titled MODERNIZATION, tells how culture and tradition is slowly vanishing in villages and technology is reaching almost everywhere. This is partially personal experience because I myself migrated from a village to the cities.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Breaking the mould

Dimple B. Shah is an artist whose chosen medium is the canvas. But, “Art is expression, and sometimes it needs to go beyond the boundaries of two dimensions to be expressed,” she says. The young artist from Baroda adds, “Apart from painting and printmaking, I also perform live to support the concept of my video art projects.” She represents the new generation of artists, who are not afraid to experiment with new media and techniques to practice their art.

Dimple, who explores the concept of personal alchemy in her latest exhibition ‘Catharsis of Forbidden Zones’, explains one of her installations: “The catharis chamber, is a shower box which represents total purification of body and soul.” The piece includes 1,500 medicine bottles, ash, salt, nail and hair samples as well as written words.
December 31st, 2010 Deccan Chronicle
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