In this section, we pick one artist to showcase their work and creative journey so far. Today, we look at contemporary artist Sudipta Das.
Lessons from History
Drawing from her personal history, her creations portray those uprooted from their lands around the world and their trials. “The process behind my paintings is two-fold. First comes tearing and seasoning of the paper in various ways. To me, the physical act of tearing paper has a metaphorical connection to my fragmented thoughts. The second is the mental journey I go through…. I would like the viewer to travel down the vistas of their own memories, and cull out new perspectives on past events and the present through my art.” Says Das explaining her thought process and method.
Born in 1985, Assam, Sudipta Das, a fourth generation Bangladeshi migrant in India. Taking her own history as her backdrop, she draws from the experiences of those she had known, and learnt of.
“The unending voyages of the dispossessed across cultural and political boundaries in human history”, says the press release from Latitude 28. As they talk about their artist, whom they have avidly followed since she graduated from art school.
Appearing at first as paintings, Das’ works transcend the two-dimensional. They are made by carefully layering paper onto wooden surfaces, building thus a sort of relief composition. Das creates textural variations by adding pieces of paper and paper pulp in various dimensions, giving palpable and sensual life to her characters and objects. The artist dyes small pieces of paper in coffee, tea and pastel watercolours, pasting them onto her tableaux to figurative effect.
Some of her compositions at times allude to the paintings of the greats, such as The Great Wave by Japanese master Hokusai and Noah’s ark from the painting of American folk artist Edward Hicks.
Though Sudipta’s works sing the tune of a melancholic verse of people who have lost their roots, displaced and dispossessed there lies a sense of hope.