“I

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feel the most ful­filled when I am in­volved in the act of mak­ing some­thing. In ad­di­tion to that I have a de­sire to con­nect, com­mu­ni­cate, and share with oth­ers my thoughts or feel­ings. Mak­ing art al­lows me to do that and it also opens up chan­nels for won­der­ful in­ter­ac­tions and ex­pe­ri­ences with oth­ers.

“Origami has re­cently cap­tured my at­ten­tion. I’m in the midst of ex­plor­ing the art of origami, but in­stead of the folded ob­ject, I’m in­ter­ested in the pat­terns and lines that are made once the piece is un­folded. This has been a start­ing point for some new pieces that I will show in Tokyo this Septem­ber.

“There is a story about the great Greek sculp­tor Phidias. While work­ing on a small de­tail on his sculp­ture, some­one stated that no one would be able to see that de­tail once the statue was in its place atop the Parthenon. Phidias replied: “Men will not see, but the Im­mor­tals will!” I be­lieve that is a great phi­los­o­phy to bring to your work.

“Over the past 20 years, I’ve made many works of art that share very dis­tinct char­ac­ter­is­tics from a play of light and shadow, shad­ing with an eraser, and many other meth­ods of cre­at­ing. Years later, these works are easy to group to­gether, but in the be­gin­ning, I don’t start off en­vi­sion­ing a se­ries per se. It is gen­er­ally more of an or­ganic process rather than plot­ted.” As told to Sharmita Summugam.

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