Collisions and Mutations
As an artist with a strong interest in architecture, I find in the Indian urban scene an encyclopedic and often hallucinatory density of material from contrasting epochs and traditions. Sumptuously carved and decorated structures often push up against stark cement boxes adorned only by the patina of age that arrives prematurely in a challenging climate of diverse weather conditions. Collisions and mutations between form and structure have evolved both incrementally over time as well as through rapid and uneven development and reflect changing tastes, values and economies.
In my paintings, loosely organized grids of shifting facades and unfolding panoramas unveil a palimpsest of surfaces interrupted by punctures and projections from windows, doors, balconies and stairways. As aged buildings push up against the stark facades of the new, they may appear diminished in scale and posture, but their worn wisdom perseveres. While in my photographic work I document an array of structures and architectural anomalies, through the slower process of painting I most often recreate buildings from gathered evidence, memory and invention, immersed in their seductive and often fearsome beauty.