Gunjan Kumar

At its core, my work is about observing. Observing matter in its elemental form and in relation to self. My interests lie in how materials and processes tell a story of self rooted in place, serving as sensory portraits of the inhibited and the bygone. Materials used in the work such as organic and inorganic earth pigments, muslin, and raw hand woven cotton activate physical and non-physical connections with my immediate and constantly changing relationship with the world.
Process in the works is the message. Often a medium is selected, preferably in its elemental form. Next, it is intimately prepared and rendered. As the medium travels through the composition, it informs of its place and role through the relationships that it builds. Therefore, an unhurried sense of time is essential in the process. Influence of indigenous practices, particularly prehistoric cave paintings and related schools that I have been visiting for the past many years, play an important role in carving my process and ideology. - Gunjan Chawla Kumar 2024