Gunjan Kumar

At the core level, my work is simply about observing. Observing matter in its elemental form as independent and in relation to self. My interests lie in how materials and processes tell a story of self rooted in a place, serving as sensory portraits of - the inhibited and the bygone. Materials such as raw hand woven cotton, clay from north India, and riverbed soil from the DesPlaines river, activate physical and non-physical connections to my roots and bridge them with my current home in Chicago. 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 an essential factor 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 work ideology.
- Gunjan