Thursday, 17 April 2014


This Installation was suppose to be a women who was suffering. Her face was covered because she had to hide it from the outside world. She was wearing shorts inside to show her true identity but how she had to cover it because of the people around. The brick that was tied to her leg was to show that she was being held back from the things she wanted to do.

We made a mistake of explaining it to everyone. By doing this we didn't give anyone a chance to interpret it themselves. We also used a very cliched topic. In the other installation, we kept this in mind and improved. 

Bengal School - NGMA, Bangalore

"In the early years or the 20th century there was a renewed upsurge of nationalist fervour. In the arts this resulted in the search and revitalisation of Indian cultural history and spirituality, albeit one that was expressed not through the pictorial vocabulary of the foreign rulers but by reviving indigenous techniques and material.

The nationalist project in art was led by Abanindranath Tagore (1871-1951) and some enlightened Europeans such as EB Havell, the principal of the Government School of Art in Calcutta from 1896, and Sister Nivedita, and associate of Swami Vivekananda. Moving away from oil painting and subjects that were popular with both the British and Indian intelligentsia, Abanindranath looked to ancient murals as well as indigenous material such as tempera. The philosophy of a Pan- Indian art that he developed found many enthusiastic followers and this came to be known as the Bengal School. The style developed by him was taken up by many of his students and others who formed the nationalist art movement often called the Bengal School, even though the style and philosophy spread beyond the borders of  Bengal. They sought to develop an indigenous yet modern style in art as a response to the call for "swadeshi" to express Indian themes in a pictorial language that deliberately turned away from western styles such as those practised by Raja Ravi Varma.

In his rejection of the colonial aesthetic, Abanindranath turned to Asia, most notably Japan in an effort to imbibe and propose a pan - Asian aesthetic that stood independently of the western one. Japanese stalwarts like Okakura Kakuzo left a lasting impression, as the Bengal school artists learnt that wash technique from them, innovating and modifying it to better  suit their own needs. the themes most often seen in the Bengal School include misty and romantic visions of the Indian landscape, historical scenes and portraits as well anecdotes and incidents from daily life in the countryside. Many artists charted individual paths even though they used the techniques and material popularised by the Bengal School. Notable artists of the Bengal School include Asit Haldar, M.A.R Chaghtai, Sunayni Devi and Kshitindranath Majumdar " - Bengal School, NGMA

Works from this collection & my thoughts on them:

Abanindranath Tagore - Mumtaz (water colour on paper )
-She looked sad, pale,lost and wearing white. 
- I didn't really like this so much. There was something very negative about this me.

Abanindranath Tagore - Gurudwara in the Terrace ( wash & tempura on Paper)
- Interesting beard. Other than that it didn't really impress me.

Abanindranath Tagore - Badshah - Sa- Alam (wash & tempura on Paper)
- I loved the detailing on the wall. Very intricate.

Abanindranath Tagore - Daughter of the Soil (wash & tempura on Paper)
- I loved this picture. Very bright and calming colours. Loved the blues and yellows and the fading trees in the background. The single woman stood out.

Rabindranath Tagore - Seven Figures (Ink on Paper)
- I didn't like it one bit. It was very dark and depressing. I couldn't really understand the significance behind it.

Abanindranath Tagore - Peace Cottage ( Water colour on Paper)
- I loved the picture of the house on the moor. Very peaceful with a house hiding in the grass.

Rabindranath Tagore - Veiled Woman (Ink on Paper)
- Again i didn't like it at all. It was too dark and depressing for me.

Abanindranath Tagore - Advent of Autumn ( Water colour on Paper)
Very Very Pretty. i loved the Blue sky with the yellow and orange tree.

The BIG Paper Bag

 We were to make an installation with very cheap material. We took a very minimalistic approach to this.

*Our process sticking the papers

*We made 60 sheets (4 newspapers stuck together)

My interpretation of it….

By using recycled newspaper  as the basic material for the installation, one has taken a standpoint that environment is of prime importance and that the earth must be protected. 

The size of the Bag tells us that there is no limit to the extent  and possibilities that recycling can be adopted.

Another thing was, I wanted to take a small and mediocre object that we use everyday, that most people who not take notice off and put it right in your face! Sometimes to make you realise that these things play a very vital role in our lives.

We wanted people to feel very small against it but we left to openings on the side so that people wouldn’t be completely shut out. We wanted them to feel like they were in a Big Paper Bag.

The feedback we got was very interesting. 
People said that it felt very safe inside. I couldn’t agree less. I felt like sleeping in it at some point.

Another person said that they enjoyed reading the newspaper like this and that they never really read it but on this bag, they were interested in reading it. 

People loved the size of it and how they couldn’t help but notice it.

It was very interesting to see how this all came together. We never really planned our process of working. We just did it as we went. The toughest part was tying it up.

Important Installation Artists

Damien Hirst

- An English Artist. 
- A prominent member of the (YBA) Young  British Artists. 
- DEATH is a central theme in his work.

I chose him because he does very ‘weird’ work. It sometimes shocks you that a person can be so ruthless and kill an innocent creature just in the name of art.

This particular piece “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” is somewhat bizarre. 

This was a Tiger Shark. The shark was caught off Hervey Bay in Queensland, Australia by a fisherman commissioned to do so.
Hirst wanted something "big enough to eat you"

Louise Bourgeois

  -A renowned French -American  artist & sculptor
 - Nicknamed "Spider woman"

   Though her work is abstract, they are suggestive of the human figure & express themselves of betrayal, anxiety & loneliness. Her work was wholly autobiographical, inspired by her childhood trauma of discovering that her English governess was her father's mistress.

"Maman" french for mother depicts a spider.

Louise Bourgeois said " The spider is an ode to my mother. She was my best friend. Like a spider, my mother was a weaver. My family was in the business of tapestry restoration & my mother was in charge of the workshop. Like spiders, my mother was very clever. Spiders have a friendly presence that eat mosquitoes. We know that mosquitoes spread diseases and are therefore unwanted. So spiders are helpful and protective like my mother"

I thought this was a very interesting object to remember her mother by but none the less interesting. I think the design of the spider is also so cool!

Ai WeiWei

  • A Chinese contemporary artist active in Installation, sculpture & architecture.
  • As a political activist, he has been highly & openly critical of the Chinese Govt. on human rights & democracy.
I am a great fan of his work. Everything that he makes has such a deep meaning. 

" Sunflower Seeds" is not what you see, and what you see is not what it means.
These appear to be millions of sunflower seed husks.
But in reality each seed is made out of porcelain and hand painted to look like the seed.

Porcelain is one of China's prized exports. This combination of mass production & traditional craftsmanship invites us to look closely at the "Made in China" phenomenon.

WeiWei remembers the sharing of sunflower seeds as a gesture of human compassion, providing a space of pleasure, friendship during a time of extreme poverty, repression & uncertainty.

Yayoi Kusama

  • A Japanese artist.
  • Has an interest in psychedelic colours, repetition & Pattern
  • From room sized installations to sculptures of pumpkin, dogs & flowers, she covered almost everything in brightly painted polka dots.
  • Polka dots are her trademark.

"Ascension of Polka dots on Trees" 
Kusama says " Polka Dots has the form of the sun- symbol of energy of the whole world & our living life and form of moon which is calm.

Round, soft, colourful,senseless & unknowing. Polka Dots become movement. Polka Dots are a way to infinity.

I love her style in every way possible. I love patterns and was obsessed with what she does. Just simple polka dots can look so pretty.

Robert Irwin

  • An American installation artist.
  • Lives and works in San Diego.
  • Specialises in "Light & Space" installations.

"Light & Space II"

115 Fluorescent lights in the basement gallery mounted at right angles in a non-repeating, grid like formation. With no fixed focal point, the visual field resonates with geometric patterns, drawn by luminous lines which redefine the character of space.

I've never seen an installation made out of lights. I thought this was a very pretty one. I unfortunately never heard of this artist until i did this assignment.

My Process On My Artwork

I’m a perfectionist. I’ve always been this way and sometimes I feel it limits my work from becoming better. I’m a planner. I always approach things with the approach that I have already rehearsed in my head. Confusing right? I know! How hard can it be to just start making a line and see where it goes from there? I’m always afraid I won’t like what I start and it will be a waste of paper or something.

Over the years I did work which I’ve obviously planned before hand and lately some that just happened by chance. In general, when I start to do my work I’ve always got a pencil and eraser at hand. I make rough sketches and when I’m finally happy with the result I draw it again with pencil on the final sheet. In spite of the numerous rough sketches that I’ve come up with I’m always under confident of what the end result is. In this case I would like to talk about maybe 4 – 5 pictures and my process.

In this picture you can see it is a picture that I copied from what I saw. I was so scared to go out on my own and draw something so, I decided drawing something that was already made would be easier. So I started off with the pencil outline and continued with water-colours. Another scary thing is that water colours is an alien medium to me. Hence I was very apprehensive to use it. Once I was use to this medium I felt a little more comfortable with it and went to make similar paintings.

For this project I was give a brief that the seat had to be designed to look like a kings throne. For this, I researched different looking thrones and then came to a conclusion. I first drew a rough sketch on paper and showed it too the client. I was given a selection of tiles to choose from but I had to keep in mind the theme colour of the room- yellow.
After the design was approved, I drew the design on the wall as a guideline for the mason. After he made the seat in cement, I drew out the pattern on the seat and chose the colours. That was it!

For this project as well I followed the same method. Only this time there were more colours and more objects to draw. This one took much longer because it was all 4 walls.

 For this pretty gate I decided to paint it very bright and exciting colours because it was for a school and hence children should look at it and love it.

A year ago, I attended a workshop on Pen and Ink. The art teacher introduced some new working styles where I wasn’t allowed to plan anything. I was just to go with the flow and whatever turned out would be interesting to see. This is one of my works.
I started off by making random lines and then I used the shapes that it accidentally formed and made more patterns inside. I was suddenly amazed at how not planning was such an awesome feeling. After a few of these kind of pictures I became more confident with the way I work.

One year later, and I’m still obsessed with this kind of art. This is a picture that I just  finished. When I look at the two, I can see a big difference. Firstly I got so obsessed with this art that I invested in rotring pens to improve the sharpness of the picture. Also my hand is more confident of not being confident. It makes swirly lines without having to worry about the picture getting messed up because I work without a plan.

I think in the beginning, everyone has a certain process which evolves over time. We tend to see a pattern in the way we work, and we try to find a process that goes well with that pattern.

My process of working will evolve over time, but for now....its still in the process! :)  

Monday, 10 February 2014

Performance - Using body as a metaphor / canvas

Can  you smile for 2 minutes?

We all smile now and then but we don't smile often enough. Smiling is good for health as you will find out below.

For our performance we decided to get people to smile for around 2 minutes. Yes, this does sound funny. From my observation and first had experience, smiling for 1 min was easy. even 2min  consciously was not so hard but it doesn't come naturally to me.

People found it a little difficult to smile for so long but I had to give them credit for trying 

The Importance of Smiling

1. Smiling Makes Us Attractive

We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away -- but a smile draws them in (avoid these smile aging habits to keep your smile looking great).

2. Smiling Changes Our Mood

Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There's a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.

3. Smiling Is Contagious

When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you.

4. Smiling Relieves Stress

Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you'll be better able to take action.

5. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System

Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed. Prevent the flu and colds by smiling.

6. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure

When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?

7. Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin

Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a natural drug.

8. Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger

The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don't go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day -- you'll look younger and feel better.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Debated topics and our conclusions

Who is the artist?
- An individual who consciously expresses themselves with a motive, medium and methodology.

Is it essential to be an artist?
- No, an artist is not essentially an activist but an activist is an artist.

Who is not an artist?
-  A non artist is a person who expresses with an intention of an aesthetic expression.