Cambridge artist makes summary artwork with a transparent message

Dipannyta Chatterjee’s hands-on strategy and use of pure supplies is attracting worldwide consideration

Cambridge artist Dipannyta Chatterjee is drawing on conventional themes of hope and renewal, instilled in her as a baby, to create untraditional artwork with a conscience.

“I used to be born in Kolkata, India and I studied there for a while then I moved to Mumbai which is within the west of India,” mentioned Chatterjee. “I did my larger schooling and began working there, then I moved to Canada the place I bought my MBA and have lived right here since 2014.”

Her formal schooling is in enterprise, however she credit her father’s affect as a painter, musician, and educator for cultivating her love of artwork.

“I’m motivated by my father,” mentioned Chatterjee. “Since childhood I’ve seen music, craft, artwork and all these issues in my house. Artwork is my ardour. I get goosebumps speaking about it as a result of I can simply join. It’s like prayer for me, like worship.”

Chatterjee describes herself as a contemporary, summary artist however whereas there are not any overt spiritual themes in her work, she attracts religious inspiration from a wide range of historical faiths and spiritual traditions.

“I’ve studied in a Catholic convent faculty so, I’ve adopted Christianity,” she mentioned. “We go to Gurduara for Sikh as a result of my husband is Punjabi. I’ve additionally been to Masjid (Chawk Masjid Mosque in West Bengal, India), which is a Muslim sacred place. We additionally comply with Buddhism as a result of Lord Buddha was initially a Hindu earlier than he developed Buddhism.”

She invited CambridgeToday to go to her and her household at her house studio in Cambridge in the course of the annual Hindu pageant of Ganesh Chaturthi.

“Lord Ganesha was born throughout this time and for 10 days there’s a enormous celebration within the Hindu faith,” Chatterjee mentioned. “He’s the god of knowledge, wealth and elimination of all obstacles and unhealthy luck.”

Chatterjee has good purpose to have fun today on condition that curiosity in her work is rising outdoors India the place she bought her begin and taking root in a few of the most prestigious and well-established centres of Western artwork.  

“I get loads of emails and invites from artwork galleries world wide as a result of they like my artwork,” she mentioned. “I’ve exhibited in Monaco and Milan, and I’ve one ongoing with the Van Gogh Artwork Gallery in Madrid. I may even be exhibited in Barcelona Spain, in November and the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris.”

Getting an exhibit in any of those places is a measure of business success for somebody hoping to make it within the artwork world and might have a profound affect on the worth and demand for an artist’s work.

“Promoting the artwork is just not that essential to me,” mentioned Chatterjee.  “If it’s not bought it’s positive. I’ll maintain it for me the place I can respect it and my family members can respect it. However, whether it is bought and going to another person’s home and creating an aura of their home, it’s a double bonus for me.”

Examples of Chatterjee’s creations cling on the partitions of her house studio giving her a possibility to explain her processes and themes to guests

“Every color and every stroke has a that means behind it,” she mentioned. “It’s summary, however you get the message from the image. I really feel that everyone likes artwork, they only don’t see it via. In the event that they concentrate, I believe the image turns into clearer. For me it is a new starting. For you it may very well be one thing else.”  

Her themes are sometimes impressed by social or environmental points such because the Indigenous wrestle for Reality and Reconciliation or the impression of local weather change. Typically her focus is mirrored within the supplies she makes use of and the way in which they’re utilized.

“This one is made with gold and wooden chips,” she mentioned.  “It has stones and sand in it. I hardly ever use brushes. I take advantage of my hand. I attempt to use paper or stone or grass or something that’s pure.  It offers its personal texture.  It has its personal that means.”

For Chatterjee, the act of making artwork is simply as essential because the completed product.

“I simply love being inventive and If I can convey that into the neighborhood, it serves my goal,” she mentioned. “I’m simply making an attempt to create a constructive message for the surroundings and for the society in order that we’re answerable for Mom Nature and caring for one another, respecting one another, loving one another and serving to one another.”  

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