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My work directly reflects my background. The Sundarbans area of West Bengal, is my birth place and in that deltaic landscape it is difficult to travel on foot. One has to cross several rivers as a means of daily commuting. As a boy on my way to school, I was fascinated by the reflections of objects, boats, people, falling on the placid water of the creeks and inlets and ponds in this area. During this time of the ebbing and flowing of the tides, the shadows that fell on the water surface fascinated me. So, when I began to work as a full-fledged artist, all I wanted to depict was this phenomenon of shadows falling on the water surface. But the challenge before me were how to reflect a hollow pond and the character of the water? The reflection of the tree, so that one could see the change in the contours of the form? Also the depicting quivering effects of reflection on the surface was another of my concerns. In course of time, I also began to link the physical phenomena with my philosophical reflections. I related the quivering surface to a manís chetana (thinking power). I found that the unrest of questioning minds, the gentle nature of the challenge, and the tenderness of thought could only be reflected thought this technique, where as the blooms on the banks could form the mirror images quivering in the water below. Before long I improved upon this idea and created the lapping of waters around the plants through a slide bend in the forms. I generally use bronze as a medium, it is impossible to depict the landscape in another medium. My initial attempts to depict the scene was through forms such as boats, children swinging from mangrove branches, roots, lotus blooms etc. Now my space has move beyond the physical dimensions and serves as a commentary on the unrest in society and the vulnerability of man within that surrounding. MrinalKantiGayen Asstt. Professor Govt. College of Art & Craft, Calcutta Born on: 18 Jan, 1971, at Kakdwip, West Bengal EDUCATION 1996 Graduate (B.V.A.) in Modelling & Sculpture, Govt. College of Art & Craft, Calcutta, 2003 Post Graduate (M.V.A.) in Modelling & Sculpture, Govt. College of Art & Craft, Calcutta,

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