SUMAN DEY

UNDERGRADUATE // PAINTING

Artworks

ETCHING AND GRAPHITE ON PAPER 7.5"x6"

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ETCHING AND GRAPHITE ON PAPER 7.5"x6"

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ETCHING AND GRAPHITE ON PAPER 7.5"x6"

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ETCHING AND GRAPHITE ON PAPER 7.5"x6"

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WEAVE
WEAVE

GRAPHITE ON PAPER 24"x23"

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WEAVE
WEAVE

GRAPHITE ON PAPER 24"x23"

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WEAVE
WEAVE

GRAPHITE ON PAPER 24"x23"

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WEAVE
WEAVE

GRAPHITE ON PAPER 24"x23"

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WOVEN INTO MEMORY
WOVEN INTO MEMORY

GRAPHITE AND PALM LEAF ON PAPER 48"x60"

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WOVEN INTO MEMORY
WOVEN INTO MEMORY

GRAPHITE AND PALM LEAF ON PAPER 48"x60"

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WOVEN INTO MEMORY
WOVEN INTO MEMORY

GRAPHITE AND PALM LEAF ON PAPER 48"x60"

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WOVEN INTO MEMORY-II
WOVEN INTO MEMORY-II

GRAPHITE, CHARCOAL, PALM LEAF ON PAPER 11"x17"

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WOVEN INTO MEMORY-II
WOVEN INTO MEMORY-II

GRAPHITE, CHARCOAL, PALM LEAF ON PAPER 11"x17"

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WOVEN INTO MEMORY-II
WOVEN INTO MEMORY-II

GRAPHITE, CHARCOAL, PALM LEAF ON PAPER 11"x17"

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WOVEN INTO MEMORY-II
WOVEN INTO MEMORY-II

GRAPHITE, CHARCOAL, PALM LEAF ON PAPER 11"x17"

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PHOTO TRANSFER 11"x7"

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PHOTO TRANSFER 11"x7"

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PHOTO TRANSFER 11"x7"

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PHOTO TRANSFER 11"x7"

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Artist's Statement :

In my childhood, I used to make mats and hand fans with palm leaves to help my family. We used to make very large mats by weaving very small palm leaves. Besides farming, this helped us make a living. Gradually, with the advancement of technology, these things are disappearing and changing the way people live in my village. I want to highlight those changes in my paintings, using skills I had learned from a patachittra workhop.

During the pandemic, I revisited a place in my hometown of Bankura. I started collecting for my palm leaves, a practice deeply etched in my memory. I started experimenting with the physicality of palm leaves to create a sense of architectural perspective. The Bikhna village in Bankura has a cultivated landscape where the lifestyle is different from the nearby town. I realized a group of people have lost their ‘haatpakha’ (hand fan) and palm leaf mat craftsmanship due to the advancement of technology on daily basis
In this project, my body of work gradually changed with the motion of my involvement within the village. The surface of the palm leaf itself has a conjunction of a traditional form of our culture. What I am trying to do is make images to represent the relationship between their lifestyle within the environment. It is a constant research and argument of what we have lost and what we need. Each work is a metaphor from my personal memory to the regional lifestyle of the local community.