The journey of one`s existence and work run parallel, feeding and acting on each other. I have, over the years, discarded many hard-held notions. The earlier solidity of the human figure as well as the tight compositions, have way to a blurring of boundaries. These are in a continuous state of flux. Extensive reading of Advaitic philosophy during the last few years has, perhaps, opened up for me perceptions of the unity -- the oneness of being - and - existence -- that exist under the surface of constant change.
Most of my work is imbued with a deep personal reverence, and hints at areas of faith, devotion and transcendence, but it articulates these ideas in an oblique manner,using voices from medieval poetry and imagery culled from mythology. I often use allegory because it can allude to my concerns and what I want to express in a more poetic and potent manner. Allegory allows us multiple readings of the image depicted in the narrative.
To be able to draw the the viewer within, throughthis state of flux, through the layers of paint, images and text. To be able to transcend these outwardly seen and perceived phenomena And, perhaps,to be able to discern and perceptively intuit the truth imbued in the work. But to do this one has to adopt strategies and improvise modes of expression. I even borrow from narratives from traditional sources.
I continue to probe the idea of the ephemeral as well as the evolving aspects of the self quoting lines from medieval devotional poetry as well as metaphorical imagery, I allude to the impermanence of the human body the present work also hints at areas of faith, devotion and transcendence,but it articulates these ideas in an oblique manner, using voices from poetry and imagery culled from mythology.
V. Ramesh has developed a distinctive narrative vocabulary rooted in our sacred and literary culture. At a time when Indian Contemporary art is looking westwards for inspiration, Ramesh chose to look inwards. His engaging iconographies lend themselves to powerfully suggestive narratives particularly in terms of literary and sacred traditions. In doing so, they create their own powerful visual vocabulary, compelling the viewer to tend to look deep within even while re-visiting the past. His paintings are large in scale and densely layered. You would need to zoom in the images to understand his technique and layers of meanings.
Threshold released a 220 page monograph on the artist at the National Gallery Of Modern Art, Bangalore and at the MS University Baroda, alma mater to most established Indian artists in 2012.Amongst others who contributed to his book were Ranjit Hoskote, Curator of the first Indian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
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