2017 | The inspiration for the conceptual narrative of this series, 'Stream of Consciousness', comes from insights in the co-evolution of human hands and the brain, of dexterity and "intuition pumps", as well as a visual system with a broad range of depth perception. The pieces have many visual influences, and each illustrates a different story or idea, and state of mind.
Every piece is hand-drawn with micron pens, colour markers and A6 sized-paper. I've mixed observed and imagined scenes, from my immediate vicinity and through self-informed compositional elements directed by hand, eye and mind (in that order). Every element of the composition informs all future mark-making, and is complete when the canvas (and my mind) is visually saturated. This process creates a feedback-loop that allows me to fully portray myself (thoughts, feelings, emotions, actions) during the act of drawing.
2009-2016 | A series of hand-drawn illustrations of birds made using pens, markers and an initial pencil outline. They are all A4 size or smaller. Some are referential stipplings, others are observational and imaginative drawings.
I fell in love with birding at the age of 15 on a visit to Munsiyari in the Himalayas, and these marvellous feathered bipeds have been a central theme in my artistic explorations ever since.
Here I'm attempting to mimic the perfection and accuracy of information that I see in wildlife photography and technically advanced documentation these days. The meticulous stipplings and impressions of colour are boiled-down blueprints of the overall information of a scene, which the viewer must complete for themselves. One can playfully experiment by approaching each piece from a distance, thereby gaining (or loosing) layers of information as one approaches.
2014 | Textbooks front dull illustrations to reflect interesting and endearing concepts. The linear spectrum of the light is an example. This project aims to visualise electromagnetic radiation in accurate and playful ways, for different contexts : an 8th grade physics class (Slide 1), a course on vision (Slide 2), a zoology seminar on colour perception (Slide 3, 5), and an art exhibition (Slide 4).
Slide 1 : Newtonian Representation
Classic representation of light as Isaac Newton discovered it ; white light splits through a prism into VIBGYOR, the colours we see.
Slide 2 : Graphical Representation
Visualising visible light as well as the ultraviolet and infrared areas of the electromagnetic spectrum on a graph. Colour is light perceived at different wavelengths and frequencies.
Slide 3 : Maxwell Representation
James Clerk Maxwell stated that light is an electric field creating a magnetic field (at a right angle) creating an electric field and so on, ad infinitum. A physical line of force travelling at 186,280 miles per second. This interpretation is inspired by his theories.
Slide 4 : Light as particle, light as wave : Interference
Light exhibits properties of both particles and waves. Here is an artistic representation of 4 distinct spectrums interacting.
Slide 5 : Color vision in animals : Infographic
Humans are trichromats. We have peak sensitivities at 3 wavelengths, Red, Green and Blue. Most birds are tetrachromats and butterflies are pentachromats, they have peak sensitivities at 4 and 5 wavelengths respectively. Their broader visible spectrum allows them to see ultraviolet radiation. Mantis Shrimps percieve with 16 sets of colour receptors. They have one of the most elaborate visual systems, allowing them to see multispectral and polarised light.
2014 | When visualising a 3 dimensional phenomena in 2 dimensions such as light, a layer of information gets lost. This 4-inch acrylic sculpture, shaped with a radial cutter and metal lathe, is a 3D graph of the visible spectrum. The wavelengths of each colour have been extruded, making a cone form which is fitting as 'cones' are the colour receptor cells in our eyes. The images consist of a side view, front view, and bottom view.
2014-Ongoing | The universe is finely tuned due to the 'tensegrity' property of natural structures. Tensegrity refers to those structures that create form through tensile integrity, or simply through the tension of its various components. This hand-made expandable tensegrity cube shows a moving optical illusion, created through a floral spiral pattern. The sculpture is a metaphor that things illusorily seem separate and local, when in fact everything in our universe is webbed together.
2014-Ongoing | This structure is a 'tensegrity'. The term originates with architect and visionary Buckminister Fuller who observed a principle of fluid interconnectivity in nature, a tensional integrity, or tensegrity. By the elastic property of it's interconnections, when one element of a tensegrity shifts, all other elements shift as well, adapting for a new configuration, yielding without breaking. 'Universe in a Box' uses this metaphor to illustrate the interconnectivity of cosmic systems; the lunar and solar cycles, galactic spirals and the expanding universe. What happens here effects there, from which, everywhere. Strength and resiliency can be found not through rigidity, but through the ability to sway and adapt.
2013 | Vantage Point is a sculptural exploration. Every angle one views the piece by, reveals something new about the form. Created by hand using a hydraulic press, milling machine and metal lathe, Vantage Point is a cantilever that can support itself in multiple positions. It consists of an aluminium body press fit with brass and neon green acrylic.
2013 | Inside and Out is a sculptural exploration of the cube form. Hand-made with a 2"x 2" aluminium block and a milling machine, it can stand independently in multiple positions.
2012 | This tessellation was inspired by the Golden Temple, Amritsar, one of India's jewel monuments and home to Sikhism. Each individual pattern was taken from the intricate ceiling inlays at the Golden Temple itself. Combined to reflect the double helix structure, it is a metaphor for the sacredness of life.