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Creative collages

"Through the Prism of Memory" is an exhibition of collages by Farhan Mujib, physicist-turned artist, who specialises in the `cut and paste' technique

Farhan Mujib is an artist who believes that his works should be a visual delight

AT A time when `cut and paste' is understood by today's tech-savvy generation as something worked on a computer screen, to physicist-turned-artist Farhan Mujib, the phrase retains the original connotation of using scissors, glue and paper to create collages. In his works, printed images from glossy magazines are sometimes used as they are, but out of their original context, to create forms in his visual field. Other images are created from flat coloured paper.

Enjoys symmetry

Farhan's structural theme is born out of his enjoyment of the symmetry created by man as is evident in architecture. The illusionistic architectural spaces in his works are negotiable but are derived not directly from life, but from memory.

"Through the Prism of Memory" is an exhibition of collages where the artist tries to create an illusion of the third dimension but at the same time wants the viewer to be conscious of the fact that it is flat. "I'm not romanticising or mystifying my work, but these are obviously not real spaces, nobody lives in rooms like these. They are rooms in a way, but they are more than rooms; they are memories of something beautiful that is to be cherished... it has taken the form of a room I would say, something from your childhood, something about beauty and maybe security. It's done from the unconscious."

Suggestive of Indian miniature painting in his attention to detail and his use of multiple perspectives, his works give the impression of being "naοve yet nice." His work stresses upon the need for being visually delightful, with the composition demanding to be savoured and enjoyed without searching for meaning.

Inspired by the West

Inspired by the meticulous attention to detail by Western masters such as Johannes Vermeer and Gustav Klimt, he tries to incorporate in his work the same passion for the art.

He is enthused by Klimt's striking use of fantasy and reality, texture and form, design and detail.

Using analogy Farhan likens his work to a game of visual solitaire clearly articulating that his works are born out of his personal language, essentially fabricated for a monologue. "The printed images and their fragments are the building blocks of my work. The content is the medium in that sense. However the visual is ultimately what the eye sees. You see a bird or a flower not a piece of paper. And the pieces hang together to form a composition. It is like a garden that contains shrubs, flowers, trees, lawn and water that are held together. There is a design that may not be visible immediately."

Farhan's works are on view till January 20 at the Apparao Galleries, Wallace Gardens, Third Street, Nungambakkam.


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