Art | Deeptika Bhagavathi


In a universe described by existentialists as absurd, I as an artist intend to carry the quest for the self, sincerity and emotional authenticity into a world of uncertainty, placing great value on discovery, risk taking and adventure into the unknown. My work examines the relationship between essence and existence. It is a radical celebration of individualism. 



While watching Pierre Alechinsky’s film, Calligraphie Japonaise (1956), during my Bachelors, I was inspired to learn the ideologies of Bokujinkai, a group who revolutionised avant garde calligraphy in 50s Japan. This led me to venture into abstraction while forgoing painting’s formal representation. The idea of transcendence over form and material essence provides the overtones for my work. In my culture, the idea of formlessness is inherently present and practiced in Sanskrit and Buddhist ideologies. As a result, I started studying characteristics of the line. I realised that the line or stroke expresses something that only exists in the human imagination and makes them a part of the material world. My principle is to engage physically with art investigating the dialogue between action and matter with core emphasis in the act of making. The process involves formation of  streams of colours using my feet as the brush. With this I am trying to reveal that the strokes created have individuality and sensitivity. 


I am heavily inspired by ecology and try to find different ways I can represent it through my paintings. I use one small detail I found in nature and use that detail to create artworks. I wish to study individuality in the context of non human perspective. To see the world through the eyes of a glacier or river. To hear and see nature as prioritised subject material is to conceptualise its consciousness.



Born in West Bengal, India 1995, Deeptika is a gestural abstractionist artist. She finished her Bachelor of Arts from Pearl Academy, Delhi in 2018. Her work is based on action painting which focuses on individualism in a non-human context. The idea of transcendence over form and material essence provides the overtones for her work.  She is influenced by the the idea of formlessness which is inherently present and practiced in Sanskrit and Buddhist cultures. Deeptika’s interests are not just limited to visual arts. She has a keen interest in literary works and ideals, particularly of Yukio Mishima and Osamu Dazai since both the authors have heavily explored the subject of individualism. Reading the authors throughout her early years gave rise to the foundation of her work in contemporary art. 

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