Etching and aquatint
9.8 x 9.8 in
ANUPAMA DEY Khairagarh,Chhattisgarh,india
The journey of learning in art never ends.It is a lifelong path of realization and creation. Although I belong from a very small village in west Bengal. But I am fortunate that my journey started right from my childhood. My parents have been the strongest force in my life since my inception in this world. They stood by me in all phases of my journey. They left no stone unturned to make sure I get all the possible exposure and choices in life to decide what I want in life. From childhood I learned to draw and paint.My parents introduced me to drawing, dance and music at a very young age. Being introduced and exposed to various arts forms since childhood gave me a different outlook and approach towards arts which helped me immensely and I try to imbibe various aspects of them in my art.
I have been working in Visual Arts for last ten years, In which almost two years I have spent as an art teacher Diploma from Mumbai board and four years Bachelor degree ( B.F.A ) in painting at Govt. Chitrakala Mahavidyalaya, University of Nagpur. One year fellowship at Nagpur Govt.Art Collage. Two years master degree(MFA) in Printmaking at Indira Kala Sangit Viswavidyalaya, Khairagarh and In 2018 I got junior fellowship of ministry of culture, new Delhi and I still continue to practicing and explore printmaking at Indira Kala Sangit Viswavidyalaya, Khairagarh.Presently I am pursuing my PhD in Printmaking from IKSV, Khairagarh.
During my journey of art I came across different kinds of training ranging from diverse amateur contexts dictated by several realistic circumstances,training contexts by professional bodies through formal and informal avenues and independent visual artists and finally to an academic context,located at the university of Nagpur And Khairagarh university.I am very lucky to get a lot of supportive teachers in my life who are from Khairagarh, Nagpur and other places of India and abroad.
My art journey took me to Shantiniketan for many memorable days . There my interest grew into the house lizard. I started observing its movement,rhythm, different sounds, body language which I adopted them in my art and expressed through print making and drawing. I have tried various forms of print making – etching, lithography, woodcut, serigraphy etc. I feel that as a creatures lizards are neglected and frowned upon. Through my work, especially in printmaking I tried to depict the connection between humans and wall lizards. I strive to kindle the human emotions towards nature and neglected creatures through my work on lizards. My conceptual art is self-conscious and self-referential. Also I use different forms of dance, drama and its movements. Personally I love to do experiment with different forms of dance, drama and present it all in my art.The same stream of life that runs through my veins day and night runs through the world and dance forms in rhythmic measures.
Sometimes it’s only in the ecstasy of unrepressed movement that we mayenter the stillness of our authentic selves. In such sacred moments, the world seems to stop, that is the time when we recognize the true rhythm of our heart.
Courtesy of Roy Thomas