LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
My Artistic Journey
Birth, Life and Death are the three most significant events in each one of our lives; Birth and Death are not in our hands but our lives can be moulded with choices we make -given a particular direction. My life too is a bundle of choices I have made in which art has been the central guiding force. I completed Diploma studies in painting from 1984-89 at the Govt. College of Arts and Crafts. It gave me solid foundation skills that shaped my artistic career for the rest of my life. The skills I imbibed in painting and sculpture gave me confidence and a facility to experiment and explore different styles, subject matter and expression. When I was a resident artist at Cholamandal Artists Village, Chennai, I had met eminent artists like Douglas who played a crucial role in making me a ‘thinking’ artist. But my journey to MS University, Faculty of Fine Arts, for postgraduate diploma studies in painting changed my world view and brought tremendous impetus for my creativity.
Art historical and critical exposure in the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University, Baroda enabled me to make painting a creative and cerebral exercise. Discussions and dialogue with eminent artists in Baroda such as KG SubramanyaN, BV Suresh, Vasudevan, artist Indrapramit Roy and many others helped me relook my journey as an artist. It also gave me ideological bearings as an artist and gave my works a new perspective. In other words, it was my stay and work in Baroda I was introduced into the culture of dialogue and discussion on ones work of art.
The ideological underpinnings of my works are inspired by my reading and reflection on Dravidian language, culture and history. I am deeply affected by the cultural hegemony and environmental onslaught in the name of so-called 'development'. In my works, I tried to capture and bring out the expressive manner of unconsciousness mind and the layering technique I use in my visual practices also connected with the same idea of mind layers and the time layers of archaeology, where I talk about the contemporary socio-political condition and the life pattern of the people in a figurative and narrative form.
My recent body of works come from my disenchantment with the present; an expression of my angst experienced during these hard times. Artists in the modern era responded to the signs of their times by inventing appropriate styles, initiating various avant-garde art movements. They were true to their times; expressed their individual and collective protests to the many problems affecting the society. Artists of our times need to reflect and respond to the crumbling of democracy and liberal values in our politics. The country our forefathers built with secular and liberal values is being destroyed overnight. It is time we stand for our constitution and as the artist, we can do it with what we are good at. Making work of art that speaks our inner voice - a melody that heals the deep wound caused by hatred and division.
The expressionist forms and colour in my paintings are my response to the present cultural and political upheaval. The psychological impact of the present turmoil is expressed through figures, symbols and broad colour strokes. The paintings are my testimony of an emotional and psychological rendering of the impact of the present world.
WHO I AM
I'm Michael Irudayaraj contempory creative Artist living in chennai-Tamilnadu-India.
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