The sculptures of Reghu G. seem to evoke memories of a lifestyle that is fast disappearing
It is the base of tiny white pebbles that really steal the show.
And Reghu’s sculptures become fitting subjects.
The exhibition, which is on view at Gallery Sumukha, has sculptures in stoneware ceramic with an earthy, natural finish which makes it seem as though the sculptures are actually made of clay or terracotta.
Though Reghu has displayed a whole range of sculptures, of minimalist, almost surreal heads — of the Indian God Ganesha as several small figures placed in a line — the one strong theme that runs through the series is that of rustic life.
Reghu is inspired by life in rural India, which is, marked by close familial bonds as well as a sense of community, as he shows in works five and 12.
One of the most endearing pieces in this series is 11, in which cattle are comfortably settled while there is a conversation between the men.
The little white pebbles on which he places his sculptures seem to add another dimension to the work by lending an other-worldly charm.
The sculptures themselves exude innocence, simplicity and purity in their form, appearance and lifestyle. Reghu gives them a lean, simple, clear form with distinct features broad heads and eyes, think lips and large floppy ears.
“I was inspired by the tribal areas like Waynad.
I think life in the villages is original,” says Reghu, whose work is inspired by the Gandhian values instilled in his childhood growing up under the influence of Elizabeth and Laurie Baker.
Reghu’s sculptures will remain on display until July 13 at Gallery Sumukha, 24/10, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden.
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