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Culture List | Santana Gohain

Culture List | Santana Gohain
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First Published: Sat, Mar 01 2008. 12 42 AM IST

Santana Gohain
Santana Gohain
Updated: Sat, Mar 01 2008. 12 42 AM IST
Santana Gohain
In a field notoriously skittish about viewer-object physical interaction, Santana Gohain is an oddity. Run your hands over her paintings, and the Assam-born artist will likely take it as a compliment. “It means the natural instinct is working in my paintings,” she says. “It’s not a philosophical thing. It’s practically done.” Indeed, the Vadodara-trained painter employs a variety of textured materials from zinc plates to clay and graphite, often bevelling into her works self-created texts of no particular meaning. “My first intention is making the surface very tactile,” says Gohain, whose works can next be seen at New Delhi’s Galerie Romain Rolland. Below, the five artists whose works inform her senses:
Ron Mueck: “He’s an Australian artist whose works I have seen through a retrospective video. He’s a good, realistic sculptor, and I can compare his work with Michelangelo. His works are sometimes bigger than life-size, and it gives a feeling of monumentality.”
Le Corbusier: “I have seen his architecture and sculptures in Ahmedabad. The use of light and colour is beautiful. I cannot collect his work, but I can collect their sense.”
Andy Goldsworthy: “He’s a sculptor who uses natural elements such as ice to make natural images. He forms sculptures from water drops, using his own hands. He uses mud or soil, which gives his works beautiful colours.”
Ganesh Gohain: “I like his realistic modelling. I’m not saying this because he’s my husband. I know how he works, so it inspires me a lot.”
Anish Kapoor: “I like his handling of surfaces, though I have not seen his works in reality, only in magazines. His effort inspires me. All these people are always close to me when I work.”
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