Subtle mutations

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | PALAK DUBEY
Published Oct 9, 2017, 12:22 am IST
Updated Oct 9, 2017, 12:22 am IST
Cocooned Metamorphosis brings forth a series of intricately rendered works by Kumaraswamy Pashikanti.
Capturing the soul: The artist effectively captures the  journey of the silkworm from its inception.
 Capturing the soul: The artist effectively captures the journey of the silkworm from its inception.

Kumaraswamy, hails from Mancherial district, Chinnoor village and is presently based in Hyderabad. He accomplished his academic studies in print making from Potti Sree Ramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.  

His compositions unveil a fascinating allegory.His compositions unveil a fascinating allegory.

 

His ardent love for varied print making techniques is obvious from the present series of prints on display at Iconart gallery. Kumaraswamy tells more, “My love for print making goes back to the days in my village where I used to work on commercial print making processes and make wedding cards etc. Seeing my affinity and proficiency in the technique, I was advised by well wishers to pursue my studies in fine arts, and from there my journey as an artist began.” The present series of works exemplify a mature visual dialogue wherein the artist frequently mentions ‘self’ as the protagonist. The detailed and precisely developed elements in the compositions unveil a fascinating allegory. The overtly filled up spaces imbibe myriad forms and stances within their vicinity. These attract the viewers tremendously and inspire them to decode the underlying connections between the diversified imagery. The journey of a silkworm starting from the cocoon to being used for preparing silk cloth remains the artist’s sole inspiration and area of contemplation. He creates the insect repeatedly and modestly admires its sacrifice that often goes unnoticed. His self portraits along with the silk worm perhaps reflect the artists introspective thought processes. He converses with the self and aspires to become a person who is able to contribute meaningfully to the society.

 His compositions unveil a fascinating allegory.His compositions unveil a fascinating allegory.

Talking further about his experiences of observing silk farms and weaving techniques closely as a child he adds, “I belong to a family of weavers. Have thus, had the advantage to study the forms and rhythms of the many elements of weaving. There is great sophistication in weaving, for there is immense dedication that goes into making a beautiful piece of cloth.”

Introspection: Pashikanti’s self portraits reflects his thought process.Introspection: Pashikanti’s self portraits reflects his thought process.

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