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Sculpting ideas

`Sadrishya' showcased the sculptures and mixed media works of Creative Workshop, a group of young artists

RAIN PLAYED spoilsport to some extent at the inauguration of an exhibition of sculptures and mixed media works by Creative Workshop, Bangalore, held at The Park recently. While the wood and fibre glass sculptures were not affected by the showers, the mixed media creations of Sheetal Kataria had to be packed up and brought out again after the rain stopped.

Four artists

Creative Workshop was formed by a group of four young artists in 2000; they are all alumni of the Chitrakala Institute of Advanced Studies. Though they are all employed elsewhere, their creative pursuit has continued. The last few years have been a learning process for the aspiring youngsters.

While Uday Veer Singh works with stone and mixed media, wood is his forte. "Me and my pals" was a representation of some of his close friends. Carved from a single piece of wood, it had several faces placed in different directions, each with a different expression. "Two faces" [at the two ends of a long piece of wood] depicted peaceful and angry moods; when rotated it showed an individual's mood swings. How a physically challenged individual would prefer to express his problem was the theme of "Obsessed," where a painted shirt was deliberately shown without sleeves to reveal the absence of an arm. The chisel marks, deep in some places and mild elsewhere lent character to the sculptures and helped reveal the rawness of human emotions.

Realistic depiction

Narasimha Prakash works with various materials. "Those days" was a realistic portrait in fibre glass, painted to look like antique bronze, in remembrance of his grandfather. It showed an old man leaning on an umbrella held between his knees, his face revealing the burden of age. A huge wooden sculpture of an empty toothpaste tube symbolically depicted how people make use of others and reject them after they have served their purpose. The same idea was represented by several giant-sized soda bottle lids made out of terracotta as also by a "burnt out" clay iron. A stone sculpture represented a crushed Pepsi tin. While these were realistic, there were some abstract ideas in fibre glass and stone such as "Suppressed". It showed two forms, interdependent and inseparable; one was polished, and the other was left with the natural texture of the stone.

New medium

Sheetal Kataria experimented with a new medium, which was a mixture of oil pastels and transparent gel painted on acrylic sheets. The abstract expressions painted on clear acrylic sheets could have been better with brighter colours. Multiple hues came together to form shapes, which appeared to be in constant motion. These creations could be interesting when hung against light — like stained glass. She had also created a mixed media work of another kind — a pair of colossal footwear with wood where the straps were made of copper. The exhibition titled `Sadrishya', was sponsored by The Park.


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