Artist of the Day | Srinia Chowdhury

Srinia Chowdhury

Journey to Beyond

2016

Raku on Stoneware with Chamote

14 x 12 x 8 inches

The whole process of making ceramics completely with my hands and then sending it in a kiln for transformation is a magical process.

People have a set notion that ceramics only mean pottery but as a sculptor I believe ceramics is a medium with great possibilities where sky is the limit.Shaping the clay from nothing to something is an addiction I possess since childhood. I am a storyteller.

My works are a combination of form and narration. I over using ceramic as a medium because it allows me to sculpt,draw and paint all in one medium. I wish my works to go beyond being just a beautiful show piece by adding more meaning to a space.

Ceramics is not just any medium it is a unique medium where I change the intangible and always changing clay into a permanent and solid structure. The making and its transformation post firing it in itself a magically organic process. Ceramics is a medium with great possibilities where sky is the limit. I am a storyteller. My works are a combination of form and narration. I love using ceramic as a medium because it allows me to sculpt, draw and paint all in one medium. Inspiration for my sculptures/Installation stems from my longstanding curiosity of human behavior, my observation of daily life and funny ways of society. Mystical past of our ancestors intrigues me hence some influences are inevitable. Pop art and Picasso are two of my major inspirations in my art practice thus, I love using bright colors and love playing with various surface decoration techniques along with illustrations in mostly all my works.

Over a period of time I have chosen to use forms inspired from the past and combine it conceptually with current world issues. I wish my works to go beyond being just a beautiful show piece by adding more meaning to a space.

Technically I like using hand-building techniques for my sculptures and a mix of wheel throwing and slab building for my functional pieces.

Courtesy of Roy Thomas, Srinia Chowdhury

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