AVI­JIT DUTTA

The Ideal Home and Garden - - Art Speak -

His paint­ing fea­tured here is his per­sonal co­nun­drum. It is as much about the re­cur­ring dream mo­tifs of his child­hood as it is about the anx­i­eties re­lated to his artis­tic pur­suits. The soli­tary princely fig­ure in the chair with his head cov­ered in the white sheet is mired, as it were, with a sense of fore­bod­ing. He is caught at the cusp of a tran­si­tion - both sub­jec­tive and oth­er­wise; open­ing up a pos­si­bil­ity of his es­cape to imag­i­nary realms. The lit­eral ‘back­drop’ refers to the chang­ing ge­og­ra­phy of a place to which he be­longs. Ev­ery­thing ap­pears to be hap­pen­ing on a stage much like props be­ing packed at the end of a drama. In his own words - “it is per­haps a prepa­ra­tion of things to come, with the air still with dark­ness and un­fa­mil­iar lights an­nounc­ing its ar­rival.”

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