Mahesh Pottabathini and Chippa Sudhakar showcase their lockdown works at a digital present held at Gangneung Artwork Centre in South Korea
Artist Mahesh Pottabathini’s drawings of ‘twisted human type’ metaphorically depict human beings cooped up of their inside selves, hiding feelings, unable to precise. A trainer at Potti Sreeramulu Telugu College, he thrives on drawing this way. “It’s a psychological notion; One can not see it bodily however can expertise the feelings by means of facial expressions,” he shares. This visible notion of a human thoughts formed his narrative when COVID-19 struck in March.
The artist was to journey in September to Busan Metropolis in Republic of Korea, to showcase his works at Gangneung Artwork Centre for the ‘Recycling Story 2020 Age of Reflection’ however the pandemic modified all that. The digital group present featured works of 20 artists from seven nations on the ‘COVID-19’ theme. Mahesh discovered a join between his ‘twisted human type’ and a world halted as a result of pandemic. “Lockdown just isn’t about being confined indoors; it’s an emotional pause affecting the human race,” he says, including a person is getting ‘twisted’ as a result of environment and conditions.
Among the many 5 works that Mahesh despatched, ‘Hope Mild’ portrays hope for the human being amid pandemic; his ‘The place To Go’ depicts unsure conditions confronted within the universe (lockdown being one). In ‘Two Portraits’ the artist plunges right into a void depicting the isolation and loneliness and an uncertainty of expression; ‘Whose Tail’, a satirical work is a symbolic comparability of unhealthy conduct in the direction of the world.
He used the standard Korean paper Hanji to create completely different layers. Explaining the method he says, “I used to hint the drawing on Hanji and apply glue on an expression I didn’t like in it. I used to create 5 layers of the drawing, tracing one paper over one other. With this layering, I needed to painting each the state of affairs throughout pandemic and in addition the human tendency to cover emotions.”
Mahesh fondly recollects his journey to Busan final 12 months along with his assortment of pixelated woven pictures (showing like an ikat weave). “I used to be excited to showcase at Gangneung Artwork Centre for the second time however life had different plans.”
Trauma of the marginalised
When most of India was confined indoors throughout the lockdown, artist Chippa Sudhakar needed to focus on the trauma of the marginalised throughout the lockdown. He in contrast his personal life to the lives of migrants, particularly their journey to their dwelling cities. “We needed to adapt and modify to our new lives as a result of pandemic. There was not a lot change to my working type however the migrants needed to face lot of hardships to easily survive and attain their dwelling cities,” he shares.
Sudhakar’s artwork works in blended media and wooden depict how the migrants needed to transfer from one place to a different like wild animals and the members of the family, who had much less time to spend collectively are adjusting to the brand new norm of ‘extra household time.’
Sudhakar despatched six works to the digital group present at Gangneung Artwork Centre. The Centre’s curator Quickly Yung Yang had initially deliberate to satisfy the artist at his studio residency in Hyderabad and plan an alternate programme. “Since that couldn’t occur, she despatched an invite to the digital present,” he provides.