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Usha Ramachandran

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Works in

sculpture, conceptual, figurative, abstract, traditional, modern, realism, mixed-media



Artist Statement:


I am an artist and sculptor with no formal training .I live and work from my home in Trivandrum, the capital of the state of Kerala in India.I find inspiration from the news papers, books ,cinema, photographs and people that I come across every day. My works till now have been direct and objective.


 I love to bring before my viewers the images that have struck a cord in my my mind and the beauty of very ordinary experiences which we often fail to notice in our daily life through my works of art.

I use water colours, acrylics,oils,pastels and charcoals .

My sculptures are mostly in bronze though I like to work in wood too. I have done works in fibreglass,wood and terracotta .
Creating each work has given me great joy. I hope I have succeeded in passing on a little of that to my viewers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Art review, Deccan Herald
Tuesday 14 June 2011

 Marta Jakimowicz


Emphatic nicety

Usha Ramachandran, who recently held her “Bronze Age” exhibition at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath (June 13 to 16), may be self-taught but her work appears quite professional in its technical skill and in terms of the chosen motifs, even though the latter come through as sincere but rather conventional. The figurines represent the artist’s warm impressions from around the rustic Kerala environment where she grew up. Ramachandran indulgently and empathically looks at the energy of a little girl who with all seriousness is washing clothes at a river rock, admires a playful boy cyclist and a couple of anglers.

Form-wise, the statues indicate a not always entirely reconcile blend intimately experienced feeling and a wish to make a striking impact.
The aesthetic sources of reference here belong to the kind of indigenised Modernist mode that has long been prevalent on the popular level. Simplified, fairly stylised volumes are made somewhat angular and roughly textured for expressiveness, while spectacular effects are searched for in long, curved linear motifs that almost detach themselves dynamically from the mass.

If such instances tend toward mannerism, the sculptor is more successful when she focuses on compact shapes approached with feeling, as happens in the images of a mother with her baby. 

The largish canvases displayed together with the bronzes were more amateurish in comparison.

Whether abstract with hints at mood or alluding to cosmic trajectories, they were preoccupied with design and perhaps hastily brushed.  

Recent Exhibits

Usha Ramachandran participated in these exhibits:

Dec, 2012 Rhythms of Life
Lalit Kala Akademi Regional Centre - CHENNAI
Feb, 2012 Sketches n' Bronze
Alliance Francaise de Trivandrum
Sep, 2011 Life Flows Like This
Kashi Art Gallery
Sep, 2011 Life Flows Like This
Kashi Art Gallery, Burgher Street, Fort Kochi

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