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Amitabh SenGupta
Script, at a stage, drew my attention as an artform. Thoughts flew that scripts emerged in different cultures within the human imagination and collective outcomes. From a primordial process of expression script now has made an enormous journey through time and space. At any stage, script could be placed on a pedestal or a canvas like an artistic form. So my journey began, from known script to unknown, script-like. With thrown colours, and paint drips, like an old document where script is both form and surface. I told no storey, but only the canvas.
Paper has a different scope than working on canvas or other mediums. I like to maintain its natural grains, the whiteness or the tint, by using transparent colours; sometimes applied pigments and textural materials to create forms, but without the intention of disturbing the environment of paper. Paper is also sometimes, pre-effected with forms printed digitally and then worked on.
Pyramid is a continuation of Inscriptions series. As linearity created scripts or other forms, then Pyramid as well. The thought came after visiting the Pyramids in Louvre. The environmental effect of the basic form, its structure, all evoked a mesh of linear ideas on my canvas. But they turned into inscriptions or documents of the idea.
Mythscape Series developed after my sojourn in Nigeria, and after spending an intensive period of traveling in India. I was fascinated with the architectural views of heritage all over India, now standing isolated from the past. They carry the myth of sound-and-voices, now merged with the present. As if, the past is so tangible that one can reach out and touch. With the wind and the rain, under the open sky, the metaphor of time has its marks on the surface. I thought of creating such transcending meanings on my canvases.
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