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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.

Rupture
gouache
10 3/4 x 7 1/2
2020
Varanasi Vortex
gouache
7 1/2 x 17"
2020
Original Skin
gouache
8 x 15"
2019
Railway Residence
gouache on paper
7 x 19"
2017
Residual Residence
gouache on paper
7 x 19"
2017
Insight
gouache on paper
2015
Storm Warning
gouache on paper
6.50 x 6"
2014
Association
gouache on paper
6 x 6 1/2"
2014
Remnants
gouache on antique Indian paper
11.75 x 4.75
2014
Half Remembered
gouache on paper
14.50 x 3.75
2013
Transient Epiphany
gouache on paper
18.5 x 3.5
2013
Shahpurjat
gouache on paper
14.75 x 3.75
2012
Ascendance
gouache on paper
8 x 5"
2013
Kalimpong
gouache on paper
12 x 4.50
2012
Stand Outside Yourself
oil on wood
18 1/4 x 8"
2010
Emptied Gestures
oil on wood
6 1/2 x 11"
2010
Without Refutation
oil on wood
15 x 9"
2009
Second Story Witnesses
oil on wood
15 x 10"
2010
Erasures
oil on wood
12 x 10"
2009
Correspondence
oil on wood
7 1/2 x 16"
2008