Interplay of the consicous and the subconscious
A musician turned artist, Anand Ramalingam’s canvas is an exploration of a variety of medium and methods of painting employed by the artist as an...
Though I work quite consciously using my self-taught techniques, my unconscious is what leads the entire process, says Anand Ramalingam – the musician turned photographer and artist
A musician turned artist, Anand Ramalingam’s canvas is an exploration of a variety of medium and methods of painting employed by the artist as an expression of his random thoughts. He says, “I don't set out to produce art about one thing or another. I'm frequently drawing and scribbling and sometimes the drawings and ideas are left on random sheets of loose paper and other times they develop into more in-depth ideas and detailed images. It’s got a lot to do with chance.” A variety of materials like cyanotypes, lumen prints, photograms, chemigrams, acrylics, oil, charcoal, graphite, pen and ink, coffee, tea and a number of natural dyes and colourstransform into intensely communicative paintings and drawings. The simple splashes of colour over bamboo leaves that create an interesting background of colour and white patches for the shape of the leaves, for example, is similar yet so different from another painting done using the same technique – Doesn’t nature’s beauty too lie in its diversity?
His abstracts play with shades of colour with a hint of form, while, the portraits that are done in charcoal focus on the prominent features, especially the eyes that are extremely expressive; they question, they are hurt; they pray in distress. His painting of a lake is intriguingly done in shades of red, as if the placid lake holds within it enormous fury. He shares, “My work tends to dwell on the human mind and all it is capable of. I’m always trying to decipher my own emotions, or understand deep feelings that I have. Though I work quite consciously using my self-taught techniques, my unconscious is what leads the entire process.”
Some of his works are done on paper washed in tea, coffee and alcohol that gives the canvas a unique character. “Though I use a variety of materials and processes in each project my methodology is somewhat consistent. Chance plays a big part in everything I do. The way paint hits the canvas, or the way the bamboo settles on the sheet of paper- I could never repeat something that I have done before.” Anand’s works were on display at the Ailamma Art Gallery.