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Series : Suspension

Sarupa Sidaarth's avatar Sarupa Sidaarth

I am inspired by ornament, an ancient multicultural visual language. I experiment with techniques of painting to create an imaginative response to conflict on canvas. My work references social issues through artistic practice. As an artist, I only find splendor in our differences. Like humanity, traditional ornament is ridden with hierarchy and bias, which divert our attention from appreciating its essence. Subversive and unusual raw materials, easily rejected in traditional painting like Swarovski crystals, wiggle eyes and eyelets are interspersed with thick acrylic paint to explore how we assign value to objects and differentiate between high and low art. I investigate what ornament means to me in contemporary painting by using paint interchangeably as an element of structure and embellishment. Through mark making and the power of ornament, my work expresses a need for change and explores the possibility of the new.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1.5 in.
  • Medium: Acrylic, wiggle eyes, eyelets on canvas
  • Width: 72 in.
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 36 in.