The idea behind these works involves the first impressions I had of the city-Baroda after I revisited it in 2007, with an aim to pursue my art practice here. What caught my attention (fleetingly), were the attractive circles, with sculpted areas in or around them, few of them done by some noteworthy artists of the city, adding to its rich cultural and artistic ethos. I eventually realised that these circles, though located at hubs, are always in passing and I actually never had a chance to see them in detail or closely, unless I intentionally stayed on, or was stuck in traffic. The idea of the circle is to move on in either direction. The circle in the city marks the various centres in the city, a meeting point from which there is constant movement. All these years I actually just had ‘glimpses’ of the sculptures in these circles, though I have passed them a countless times. And usually the circle is at crossroads leading to imagined ‘straight lines’ which connect to the circle as roads, joining at points to form angular shapes, such as imagined squares.
Differently, a ‘square’ in a city such as Times Square in New York signifies a place to hang out, like a social gathering, a space to linger and indulge. This idea intrigued me and probed me to paint the sculptures in the circles on square canvases.
The activity of a ‘transient look’ performs as the main concept in my work. Thus without indulging in other areas like the context and reasons behind the position of these sculptures, or who sculpted them, I use these 3-dimensional created art forms situated in their multidimensional role as a base for my paintings.
These paintings were exhibited for a show titled 3for,an outcome of a blog- 3for established in the year 2007, which is a document of the ‘process’ of 3 artists situated in different places creating art works. Archana Prasad (based in Bangalore), Pooja Gupta Cambell (based in Washington D.C.) and Nirali Lal (based in Baroda). It is a rich document of each artists personal journey through weekly notes. The peer critiques play an important role in documenting the dialog between the 3 artists while also providing an external objective perspective on this honest and introspective process. The show in January 2011 is in Bangalore at “Jaaga- creative common ground”, Jaaga is an artistic collaboration, creating a modular, mobile and temporary structure. (www.jaaga.in). Based in Bangalore, Jaaga is an artistic endeavour by one of the 3For members – Archana Prasad.
For this project, each artist is allowed to dwell upon their personal memories connecting their place of work, getting together to exhibit in separate spaces within ‘Jaaga’ to reflect and create upon individual ideas, with ‘Jaaga’ being a part of this project. With monitors put up, the display would have excerpts from the blog, which otherwise is limited to a private viewing… essentially the three of us.