Treading the thorny path

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Treading the thorny path



Srinivasa’s art resembles a bird's nest with acutely human proportions. It was during the construction of his house in Shimoga, that he began to observe the birds that hovered around the place of construction. Bamboos and thorny bushes attracted a large number of migratory birds. He says he was fascinated at the ease with which migratory birds assemble, relocate and reassemble multiple homes throughout their lives. A meditation on the transitory nature  inspired Srinivasa to begin his creative journey.

Through this work, Srinivasa has explored whether material attachment is distinctly a human attribute where we bond not only with the objects around us but also become emotionally attached to the structures we build and reside in.

“Birds tend to adapt to different places with ease, I was wondering whether human beings too could slip into the same mode. My work captures the essence of the nest, as a space of protection while disregarding its function as a place of comfort,” reasons Srinivasa.
Srinivasa observes that the thorns and bamboos he works with are poisonous and could trigger infection.

So, he makes sure he pops in preventive tablets before he begins work.
“I’ve hurt myself and bled several times, by the thorns, but this is the medium that I love working with and won’t give up that easily,” explains Srinivasa.

The exhibition is on at Galleryske till October 7.

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