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Life in sculptural forms

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | PALAK DUBEY
Published Nov 26, 2017, 12:04 am IST
Updated Nov 26, 2017, 12:04 am IST
Minimalistic sculptures by artist Kantha Reddy explore the multiple stages and nuances of human existence.
The above work of artist Kantha Reddy depict the beginning and the end of human life, and everything that comes in between.
 The above work of artist Kantha Reddy depict the beginning and the end of human life, and everything that comes in between.

The solo show of sculptures by Kantha Reddy presently on display at State Art Gallery contemplates on the transitory nature of life from a philosophical stance. The show contains a series of works executed in fiber glass medium. Kantha explains, “These works are based on the beginning and end of human life and every single struggle that comes in between. One of the untitled works depicts a set of feet pointing upwards and another set of feet facing the ground. The two diverse arrangements cover the span of a lifetime in a symbolic manner. One of them depicts the manner in which a baby crawls and the second shows the manner in which a person bequeaths life. The arch like form in the centre contains the symbolic mention of the five basic elements, four cardinal directions and the circular nature of a life span.” 

One of the untitled works depicts a set of feet pointing upwards and another set of feet facing the ground.One of the untitled works depicts a set of feet pointing upwards and another set of feet facing the ground.

 

Yet another interesting work contains three wedges on a circular base which symbolise the three stages of life on earth — past, present and future. The assembled form is surrounded by scattered mud and seeds. The seeds are of similar size and yet, they metaphorically manifest the latent strengths which are diversified. The work brings forth the concept that all children are alike when born but the kind of environment they are later exposed to shapes and defines them.

 The work brings forth the concept that all children are alike when born but the kind of environment they are later exposed to shapes and defines them.The work brings forth the concept that all children are alike when born but the kind of environment they are later exposed to shapes and defines them.

A well versed sculptor, Kantha has been mentoring students of the sculpture department at JNAFAU, since the last fifteen years as an assistant professor. About his role as a teacher, he says, “Teaching is truly a learning process. The students often inspire me with their fresh outlook and their inquisitiveness to master and experiment with the medium.” 

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