Urban nostalgia

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | PALAK DUBEY
Published Jun 15, 2018, 12:36 am IST
Updated Jun 15, 2018, 12:36 am IST
Artist Avijit Dutta seamlessly weaves together remnants of the past and aspirations for the future.
Avijit’s recent project Ensoul includes a realistically-moulded duck atop an antique metal stand
 Avijit’s recent project Ensoul includes a realistically-moulded duck atop an antique metal stand

His vast body of work executed in various media is interspersed with old photographs and mention of antique objects. He excels in merging together diverse time periods, producing a fascinating result that inspires viewers to take a journey inwards.

Best known for his watercolours on canvas, Kolkata-based Avijit Dutta’s works are characterised by multiple layers and intricate detailing. A recent project titled Ensoul is currently on display at Kalakriti Art Gallery as part of a group of sculptures in the show Sands of Time.

 

Ensoul includes a realistically-moulded duck as its central form, installed on a circular plastic box atop an antique metal stand.

Talking about its symbolic relevance, the artist says, “The metal duck exemplifies the absence of life. In contemporary times, the urban city structure has become devoid of any connection in the form of pets and other animals. The work intends to remind the viewer of this loss. The circular plastic box, which holds a blue-coloured pigment, signifies the absence of water. And the antique pedestal symbolises the absence of all forms of fauna in our surroundings.”

Avijit, who frequently showcases his work in India and abroad, says that exhibiting in Hyderabad is always a very special experience. Talking about local viewers’ response to his exhibit, he says, “The work is interactive and I am happy to see many viewers feeling connected to it.” 

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