12 FEBRUARY 2022
KIRTI CHANDAK / ARTIST
“I loved using handmade paper from the ashram factory. Once I enquired if I could buy raw pulp made out of banyan rugs instead of paper, and the director of the factory generously allowed me to take as much pulp as I wanted. Thereafter I began experimenting with the material and eventually created many works using pulp. The pulp is malleable and allows me to create textures, to scoop out to make voids or add on to emboss relief forms, besides the sensitive surface is absorbent and has the possibility of being painted on with the subtle nuances of watercolour,” Kirti Chandak, renowned artist explains her passion and interests in paper pulp art.
Artist Kirti Chandak works on mixed media and installations using paper pulp as her medium.
“Paper pulp as a medium really resonates with me. After years of working with oil on canvas and water colour and creating installations as well as paintings, I get a feel of its tremendous possibility and character,” Kirti Chandak said.
“Through my works, I tried to share a kind of feeling towards nature, towards people and reconnecting one’s inner self. My works helped me to connect with myself, environment and shared my feeling with the people,” says Kirti Chandak, who always motivate and keep focused on portraying and working for the betterment of nature, environment and people.
“Sea influenced me a lot. It’s subtle, infinite love, obviously bonded me with nature. I am doing a series of work in water colour and oil on nature,” she mentioned the ‘50th year retrospect reassessing’ of her artwork, “Sea and I” being completed soon.
Kirti Chandak founded Tasmai, a unique Art and Cultural Centre at Pondicherry to provide a platform for artists and artisans to present their works.
Kirti Chandak has graduated from Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education in Pondicherry. She studied Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Viswa-Bharati, Santiniketan and Master of Fine Arts in painting from M.S.University, Baroda.
She has received Junior Fellowship and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.
She was awarded the Late Milinde Kumar Bhade Gold Medal from M.S.University, Baroda for Painting.
She has received the National Scholarship and was selected for a cultural exchange with Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1999