‘Parallel Dimensions’ brings together the diverse work of three artists who trained in the United Kingdom at formative stages of their careers. Showcasing printmaking, ceramics, painting and drawings, this exhibition delves into individual narratives, societal structures and the intrinsic relationship between humans and the natural world. ‘Parallel Dimensions’ blurs the distinction between ‘fine art’, craft and illustration and serves to demonstrate the potential of diverse media and techniques of art-making.
Ananda Moy Banerji sees the role of the artist as a social commentator who examines social and political structures that govern the relationships between individuals and communities. From painting landscapes while in rural Shantiniketan, he shifted focus to portraying the chaos of urban everyday life in the mid-Eighties when he moved to Delhi. His recent works explore themes drawn from personal experiences and as a reflection on the state of the world around him. Formal elements such as line, colour and spatial composition play an important role in his work. Ananda Moy studied at Camberwell College of Art under the Charles Wallace India Trust and is currently Vice Principal of the South Delhi Polytechnic for Women, New Delhi.
Kristine Michael’s initial training was in industrial ceramic design at the NID, Ahmedabad, however her foremost passion and research focus remained the non-industrial craft object, and the aesthetics and beauty contained in objects of everyday use. Her interest in the Arts and Crafts Movement was bolstered by her apprenticeship at the semi-industrial Dartington Pottery, which had strong connections with Shantiniketan and Rabindranath Tagore. She works primarily in clay and has researched India’s design history of ceramic art and craft. Her current body of work delves into the symbolism of forms drawn from nature, how different groups of animate beings relate to each other creating new relationships and interpretations of feminine mythologies. As a Charles Wallace India Trust and Nehru Trust scholar, Kristine studied at Aldermaston Pottery, Dartington and the V&A Museum and presently teaches at the British School in Delhi.
Sujata Singh specialised in illustration in the mid-Eighties, at a time when image-making was being re-invented through a variety of media and techniques. In the UK, she was exposed to not just cutting-edge work in editorial illustration, with its widely diverse subject matters ranging from politics and satire to food, popular culture and fiction, but also classical Egyptian, Greek, Assyrian, African and Eastern art in the museums there; all of which have impacted the formal elements of her work. She focuses on the human form, for its figurative, pictographic and iconic qualities, and for its potential to serve as a metaphor for the minutiae of the everyday as well as historical cultural narratives. Sujata studied at Camden Arts Centre, Central School of Art and Design and Wimbledon School of Arts. She currently teaches at the British School in Delhi.
The show opens at the British Council Gallery, New Delhi, from 13 August 2015. Timings: 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. Open till 30 September. Details here